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 Dictionary entry overview: What does firebrand mean? 

  The noun FIREBRAND has 2 senses:

1. a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning
2. someone who deliberately foments trouble

  Familiarity information: FIREBRAND used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1firebrand [BACK TO TOP]


A piece of wood that has been burned or is burning

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances


firebrand; brand

Hypernyms ("firebrand" is a kind of...):

firewood (wood used for fuel)

Sense 2firebrand [BACK TO TOP]


Someone who deliberately foments trouble

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


inciter; instigant; instigator; provoker; firebrand

Context example:

she was the instigator of their quarrel

Hypernyms ("firebrand" is a kind of...):

bad hat; mischief-maker; trouble maker; troublemaker; troubler (someone who deliberately stirs up trouble)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "firebrand"):

ringleader (a person who leads (especially in illicit activities))

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