firebrand

Part of speech: noun

A burning piece of wood.

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Usage examples "firebrand":

  1. " Oh, it's just a notion," Marcel laughed, in a boyish, half shamefaced fashion as he lit his pipe with a firebrand. - "The Heart of Unaga", Ridgwell Cullum.
  2. His secretary, Desaugiers the elder, is our real and confidential firebrand in the North, commissioned to keep burning those materials of combustion which Grouvelle and others of our incendiaries have lighted and illuminated in Holstein, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. - "The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte", Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton.
  3. After it no less desperately than before, Sidney plunged along the steep descent, his firebrand brightly glowing in the wind. - "As It Was in the Beginning", Philip Verrill Mighels.