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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brimstone, native sulfur, native sulphurnoun

    an old name for sulfur


  1. brimstonenoun


  2. brimstonenoun

    The sulphur of Hell; Hell, damnation.

  3. brimstonenoun

    Used attributively as an intensifier in exclamations.

  4. brimstonenoun

    The butterfly Gonepteryx rhamni of the Pieridae family.

  5. brimstoneadjective

    Composed of or resembling brimstone; about or pertaining to Hell.

  6. Etymology: From brimston, bremston, corrupted forms of brinston, brenston, bernston, from brynstan, equivalent to, or. Cognate with brunstane, brennisteinn, Bernstein. Compare also brimfire. More at burn, stone.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Brimstonenoun

    Sulphur. See Sulphur.

    Etymology: corrupted from brin or brenstone, that is, firy stone.

    From his infernal furnace forth he threw
    Huge flames, that dimmed all the heaven’s light,
    Enroll’d in duskish smoke and brimstone blue. Fairy Q. b. i.

    This vapour is generally supposed to be sulphureous, though I can see no reason for such a supposition: I put a whole bundle of lighted brimstone matches to the smoke, they all went out in an instant. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brimstoneverb

    sulphur; See Sulphur

  2. Brimstoneadjective

    made of, or pertaining to, brimstone; as, brimstone matches

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brimstone

    brim′stōn, n. sulphur: (fig.) a virago.—Fire and brimstone! an ejaculation. [Lit. burning stone; from A.S. brýne, a burning—byrnan, to burn, and Stone; cf. Ger. bernstein.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A little bit of Hades, which finds its match on earth and smells to heaven. Better to strike it here than in the hereafter.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. brimstone

    See SULPHUR.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brimstone in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brimstone in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of brimstone in a Sentence

  1. Yitz Dekel:

    In a way, without fire and brimstone, this is a natural disaster, a technological failure and natural disaster.

  2. Leland Melvin:

    I had just liberated fire and brimstone by taking these two clear chemicals and putting them together, and that led me to becoming a chemistry major in college.

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