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firestorm (n.)

also fire-storm, 1580s, in poetry, from fire (n.) + storm (n.). From 1945 in reality, in reference to nuclear war.

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Definitions of firestorm from WordNet

firestorm (n.)
a storm in which violent winds are drawn into the column of hot air rising over a severely bombed area;
firestorm (n.)
an outburst of controversy;
the incident triggered a political firestorm
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