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Definition of brand:

  1. A burning piece of wood; or a stick or piece of wood partly burnt, whether burning or after the fire is extinct.
  2. A mark made by burning with a hot iron, as upon a cask, to designate the quality, manufacturer, etc., of the contents, or upon an animal, to designate ownership; -- also, a mark for a similar purpose made in any other way, as with a stencil. Hence, figurately: Quality; kind; grade; as, a good brand of flour.
  3. A mark put upon criminals with a hot iron. Hence: Any mark of infamy or vice; a stigma.
  4. A sword, so called from its glittering or flashing brightness.
  5. An instrument to brand with; a branding iron.
  6. Any minute fungus which produces a burnt appearance in plants. The brands are of many species and several genera of the order Pucciniaei.
  7. Fig.: To fix a mark of infamy, or a stigma, upon.
  8. To burn a distinctive mark into or upon with a hot iron, to indicate quality, ownership, etc., or to mark as infamous ( as a convict).
  9. To mark or impress indelibly, as with a hot iron.
  10. To put an actual distinctive mark upon in any other way, as with a stencil, to show quality of contents, name of manufacture, etc.

Synonyms:

instigator, stigmatize, tick, inciter, firebrand, marking, earmark, MARKS, mark, filth, notice, daub, shuffling, vane, bell ringer, injury, distinguish, soft touch, identify, smirch, cross, torch, cross off, provoker, patsy, tell on, strike out, crisscross, mug, dirt, shuffle, reproach, stake, discolouration, disgrace, mail, dent, stigmatise, sword, sear, respect, stigma, mark off, taint, bull's eye, print, punctuate, grunge, commemorate, shop, soil, post, colophon, grass, target, grime, make, leaf blade, steel, instigant, differentiate, pock, shit, strike off, welt, home run, dishonor, grease, marque, send, seal, gull, smear, put up, spark, embers, rat, carry, betray, blur, denounce, cross out, brandmark, chump, snitch, stag, nock, pit, station, tick off, check off, blade, trade name, trademark, stain, brand name, name, give away, sucker, fool, fall guy.

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