Firebrand Definition

fīrbrănd
firebrands
noun
firebrands
A person who stirs up others to rebellion or strife.
Webster's New World
A piece of burning wood.
Webster's New World

An argumentative troublemaker or revolutionary; one who agitates against the current situation.

The member of the college's Communist League was a firebrand who would launch a sit-in or protest march at a moment's notice.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
brandinstigantinciterprovokerinstigatorrabble-rousermischiefmakerincendiaryspillburning embertorch

Other Word Forms of Firebrand

Noun

Singular:
firebrand
Plural:
firebrands

Origin of Firebrand

  • From Middle English fyrebrand, fürbrond, equivalent to fire +‎ brand. Cognate with German Feuerbrand (“firebrand”).

    From Wiktionary

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