firebrand








noun

  1. a piece of burning wood or other material.
  2. a person who kindles strife or encourages unrest; an agitator; troublemaker.

noun

  1. a piece of burning or glowing wood or other material
  2. a person who causes unrest or is very energetic
n.

c.1200, “piece of wood kindled at a fire,” from fire (n.) + brand (n.). Figurative sense of “one who kindles mischief or passions” is from late 14c.

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