fire and brimstone

fire and brimstone
(Old Testament) God's means of destroying sinners (Freq. 1)

his sermons were full of fire and brimstone

Topics: ↑Old Testament
Hypernyms: ↑damnation, ↑eternal damnation

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Etymology: from fire and brimstone, a phrase used often in the Bible (especially Rev 20:10) to designate God's means of destroying sinners
: eternal damnation and the torments of hell for sinners

sermons full of fire and brimstone

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fire and brimstone
1. Hell, formerly an exclamation of wrath or extreme irritation
2. A preacher's evocation of eternal damnation (fireˈ-and-brimˈstone adjective)
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Main Entry:fire

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fire and brimstone,
1. the fires and tortures of hell; hellfire.
2. any severe punishment or trial.
3. angry or violent denunciation or recrimination: »

[The] hearings did not produce the same fire and brimstone over the subject that might have occurred some years ago (New York Times).

fire-and-brim|stone «FYR uhn BRIHM STOHN», adjective.
raising visions of fire and brimstone; hellfire: »

a fire-and-brimstone sermon.

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see fire
the torments of hell

his father was preaching fire and brimstone sermons

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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