fire and brimstone

fire and brimstone
1. noun
The traditional punishments of Hell.
a) Referencing the power or wrath of God.

That preacher gave a real fire and brimstone sermon!

b) Stereotypical descriptive for a charismatic clergyman who stresses the power or wrath of God, literal interpretation of the Bible and traditional punishments of Hell.

The fire-and-brimstone preacher gave the city council a severe tongue-lashing after they voted on a zoning ordinance allowing a new strip club to open.

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