firebrand firebrand  /ˈfaɪ ərb ˌrænd/

Definition(s):

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

Usage(s):

  1. As a sectarian bloodbath deepens, the best hope for holding Iraq together may lie with America's old foe, the radical firebrand cleric Moqtada Sadr.
  2. He is an unlikely firebrand: the soft-spoken son of a blacksmith who still sometimes drives a 30-year-old Peugeot.
  3. But when he sat down in Hanoi with PTI correspondent Kay Johnson, it was clear he is no firebrand reformer, but a loyal party man.

News

  1. Jimmy McMillan Talks Stripping, Amnesia and Vietnam

    Political firebrand, walking Internet meme and long-shot mayoral candidate Jimmy McMillan has a lot more on his mind than rising rents. Yesterday, the perennial “Rent is Too Damn High” candidate was featured on Ménage à Trois radio, a local program hosted by Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer. Throughout the 38-minute-show, Mr. McMillan waxed poetic on everything from Agent Orange to his time as a male ...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: The New York Observer

  2. Obama anxiety at left wing gathering

    Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and Democratic firebrand, stood behind a podium at the San Jose Convention Center and neatly summed up the current zeitgeist of the left.
    on June 22, 2013     Source: CNN

  3. At progressive gathering, hints of anxiety about Obama

    Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and Democratic firebrand, stood behind a podium at the San Jose Convention Center and neatly summed up the current zeitgeist of the left.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: CNN

Quotes

  1. "In the summer of 1974, America did not need a philosopher-king or a warrior-prince, an aloof aristocrat or a populist firebrand," Hastert said. "We needed a healer. We needed a rock. We needed honesty and candor and courage. We needed Gerald...
    on Dec 30, 2006 By: Dennis Hastert Source: USA Today

  2. "Firebrand start. Midterm malaise. Final fizzle," said Sen. Michael Balboni, R-Nassau County.
    on Dec 25, 2006 By: Michael Balboni Source: Elmira Star-Gazette

  3. "The GPLv3 is much inferior. It no longer works in the 'fairness' sense. It's purely a firebrand, and only good for the extremist policies of the FSF," Torvalds said. "That's why I think the GPLv2 is much better. It allows us all to agree to...
    on Jul 30, 2006 By: Linus Torvalds Source: VNUNet.com

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