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firebrand (n.)

also fire-brand, c. 1200, "piece of wood kindled at a fire, a piece of something burning," from fire (n.) + brand (n.). Used for spreading fire. Figurative sense of "one who kindles mischief or passions" is from late 14c.

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Definitions of firebrand

firebrand (n.)
someone who deliberately foments trouble;
Synonyms: instigator / provoker / inciter / instigant
firebrand (n.)
a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning;
Synonyms: brand
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