- The definition of brimstone is sulfur, usually referenced when describing hell.
An example of brimstone is something that burns in the fictional images of hell.
Origin: Middle English brimston ; from Old English brynstan: see burn and amp; stone
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- a. Damnation to hell.b. Fiery or passionate rhetoric: “the great American evangelist of Yankee bargain-hunting, converting us . . . with the brimstone of his secular preaching” (Rushworth M. Kidder).
Origin: Middle English brimston, from Old English brynstān; see gwher- in Indo-European roots.