Brimstone meaning

brĭmstōn
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.

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Sulfur, especially considered as a component of the torments of hell in Christianity.
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Composed of or resembling brimstone; about or pertaining to Hell.

'[W]ho walked up Aldersgate-street to some chapel where she comforts herself with brimstone doctrine.' — Charles Dickens, The Uncommercial Traveller.

'[A] cheerful ballad about a murderer who was afraid to go to bed in the dark because he saw certain brimstone flames around him.' — Thomas Hardy Tess of the d'Urbevilles.

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(archaic) Used attributively as an intensifier in exclamations.
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The butterfly Gonepteryx rhamni of the Pieridae family.
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Origin of brimstone

  • Middle English brimston from Old English brynstān gwher- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English brimston, bremston, corrupted forms of brinston, brenston, bernston, from Old English brynstān (“brimstone”, literally “burn-stone”), equivalent to brian +‎ stone, or burn +‎ stone. Cognate with Scots brunstane (“brimstone”), Icelandic brennisteinn (“sulfur, brimstone”), German Bernstein (“amber”). Compare also brimfire. More at burn, stone.

    From Wiktionary

  • Once a synonym for "sulphur," the word is now restricted to Biblical usage.

    From Wiktionary