From King Dictionary of Contemporary English firebrand fire‧brand / ˈfaɪəbrænd $ ˈfaɪr- / noun [countable ] PP someone who tries to make people angry about a law, government etc so that they will try to change it an idealistic young firebrand from the valleys Examples from the Corpus firebrand • Ronald Reagan was deplored as a firebrand who might bring on a nuclear war. • The malai lieutenant, a firebrand six months out of officer training school, shouted angrily at him. • Iritnefert was a firebrand, but she hadn't done anything. • Towering convective clouds rained down a hailstorm of ash, and firebrands even spanned the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. • Glenys, however, was not at home when the ginger firebrand and the Beatles' confidant arrived. • Sally, 44, was left more than £3 million when her firebrand husband died eight years ago. • Devlin, the former Irish nationalist firebrand, has been shot and jailed. • In its place came the Likud, a conservative bloc of parties headed by the nationalist firebrand Menachem Begin. • Nowadays, however, a burning bicycle tyre was used instead of a twig firebrand.