fire and brimstone


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fire and brimstone

1. noun The misery that one faces in hell. Unrepentant criminals better prepare themselves for fire and brimstone after death.
2. noun Intense speech about the misery that one faces in hell. You're just scaring the kids with all this fire and brimstone.
3. adjective Describing such speech. You're just scaring the kids with all this fire and brimstone talk.
See also: and, fire

fire and brimstone

the supposed torments of hell.
In the Bible, fire and brimstone are the means of divine punishment for the wicked (see, for example, Genesis 19:24 or Revelation 21:8). Brimstone (from the Old English word brynstan meaning ‘burning stone’) is an archaic word for ‘sulphur’ and is now rarely found outside this phrase.
See also: and, fire
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But before Abraham can find even ten, fire and brimstone are rained down, and Abraham and his family only narrowly escape.
For years, religious conservatives relied on fire and brimstone in their discussion of homosexuality.
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Philip's method of leading men back to God was not by preaching fire and brimstone but through the confessional, to which he attracted people through his kindness.
Fire and brimstone (sulphur) relates to wrath, particularly God's wrath, straight from the bible.
Would have roasted criminals in fire and brimstone if he could.
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