Definition of firestorm in English:

firestorm

noun

  • A very intense and destructive fire (typically one caused by bombing) in which strong currents of air are drawn into the blaze from the surrounding area making it burn more fiercely:

    ‘firestorms after a nuclear exchange’
    figurative ‘the incident ignited a firestorm of controversy’
    • ‘But French executives know even modest job cuts will ignite a political firestorm.’
    • ‘My grandfather vanished in one of the firestorms that raged in Tokyo during the American bombing campaigns.’
    • ‘Radio warnings effectively mobilized fire brigades and civil defence workers but neither could control the firestorms which swept across northern Tokyo.’
    • ‘It ignited a national firestorm of protest by civil rights and women's groups.’
    • ‘Some of the greatest losses in Los Alamos occurred not in firestorms but from lower-intensity surface fires.’
    • ‘A firestorm would result: the heat in the central area rises so high that the fire consumes all available oxygen.’
    • ‘A bombing raid on Hamburg resulted in a firestorm that killed more than 50,000 people.’
    • ‘Oxygen in the atmosphere will burn with this inbound debris and ignite superheated atmospheric firestorms that will consume much oxygen.’
    • ‘Army assistance was at the bushfire's front line less than a day after firestorms devastated Canberra's western suburbs on January 18.’
    • ‘This paper will generate a firestorm of controversy, wide media interest, and perhaps even calls for a public inquiry.’
    • ‘The audio on the originally released disc caused a firestorm of controversy.’
    • ‘Promoting abstinence in America carries a guarantee of being ridiculed in a firestorm of controversy.’
    • ‘In parts of the city, the fires joined up to create a firestorm.’
    • ‘This accident, and the subsequent investigation, sparked a firestorm of protests.’
    • ‘Only one minute long, it killed 3,000 people and ignited firestorms that burned for three days, forever changing the face of the Bay Area.’
    • ‘The massive quake killed more than 140,000 people as buildings collapsed and firestorms turned the capital into a raging inferno.’
    • ‘Together, they have produced a book that has ignited a firestorm in Great Britain that is almost certain to spread to the United States.’
    • ‘A firestorm swept across the city. 75 per cent of all buildings suffered severe structural damage.’
    • ‘The inscription on the monument generated a firestorm of controversy.’
    • ‘These created so much fire that a firestorm developed.’
    blaze, conflagration, inferno, holocaust, firestorm
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Pronunciation:

firestorm

/ˈfʌɪəstɔːm/