noun Date: 1945 1. a large usually stationary fire characterized by very high temperatures in which the central column of rising heated air induces strong inward winds which supply oxygen to the fire 2. a. a sudden or violent outburst <
a firestorm of public protest
b. a raging controversy <
a political firestorm

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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