AskDefine | Define firebrand

Dictionary Definition



1 a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning [syn: brand]
2 someone who deliberately foments trouble; "she was the instigator of their quarrel" [syn: instigator, provoker, inciter, instigant]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. 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.
  2. A torch or other burning stick.
    The crowd cheered as a firebrand was tossed on the huge pile of wood to start the traditional homecoming bonfire.

Extensive Definition

The word Firebrand has several uses:
firebrand in French: Firebrand

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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