What is the difference between brimstone and sulfur?

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Brimstone is a synonym of sulfur.

As adjectives the difference between brimstone and sulfur

is that brimstone is composed of or resembling brimstone; about or pertaining to hell while sulfur is of a yellowish green colour, like that of sulfur.

As nouns the difference between brimstone and sulfur

is that brimstone is sulphur while sulfur is (uncountable) a chemical element (symbol s) with an atomic number of 16.

As a verb sulfur is

to treat with sulfur, or a sulfur compound, especially to preserve or to counter agricultural pests.




  • Sulphur.
  • The sulphur of Hell; Hell, damnation.
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  • (archaic) Used attributively as an intensifier in exclamations.
  • * 1852–3 , (Charles Dickens), (Bleak House)
  • You are a brimstone pig. You're a head of swine!
  • * 1852–3 , (Charles Dickens), (Bleak House)
  • You're a brimstone idiot.
  • The butterfly of the Pieridae family.
  • Derived terms

    * fire and brimstone


    (dates and formatting needed) * 'Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven.' — Genesis, 19:24, King James Version * 'And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that {are} with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone .' — Ezekiel, 38:22 King James Version * 'For griefe thereof, and diuelish despight, / From his infernall fournace forth he threw / Huge flames, that dimmed all the heauens light, / Enrold in duskish smoke and brimstone blew.' — Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene * 'Till, as a signal giv'n, th' uplifted Spear / Of their great Sultan waving to direct / Thir course, in even ballance down they light / On the firm brimstone , and fill all the Plain; / A multitude.' — John Milton, Paradise Lost * 'Weel I wot I wad be broken if I were to gie sic weight to the folk that come to buy our pepper and brimstone , and suchlike sweetmeats.' — Walter Scott, The Antiquary * '[W]hen he [the Devil] is aweary of vice, and aweary of virtue, used up as to brimstone , and used up as to bliss [...]' — Charles Dickens,Hard Times * 'Don't think, young man, that we go to the expense of flower of brimstone and molasses, just to purify them.' — Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby * 'The brimstone , too, which burns there in such prodigious quantity fills all hell with its intolerable stench.' — James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man * 'But the sulphurous brimstone which burns in hell is a substance which is specially designed to burn for ever and for ever with unspeakable fury.' — James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man English intensifiers



    Alternative forms

    * sulphur


  • (uncountable) A chemical element (symbol S) with an atomic number of 16.
  • (countable, uncountable) A yellowish green colour, like that of sulfur.
  • Synonyms

    * (element) brimstone

    Derived terms

    * desulfur, desulphur * disulfur, disulphur * flowers of sulfur, flowers of sulphur * hepar sulphuris * hydrodesulfurization, hydrohydrodesulphurisation, hydrohydrodesulphurization * iron-sulfur cluster, iron-sulphur cluster * potash of sulfur, potash of sulphur * sulf-, sulfo-, sulph-, sulpho- * sulfa-, sulpha- * sulfonium, sulphonium * * * * * * sulfurate, sulphurate * sulfur acid, sulphur acid * sulfur alcohol, sulphur alcohol * sulfur bacterium, sulphur bacterium * sulfur bath, sulphur bath * sulfur-bottom, sulphur-bottom * sulfur-bottom whale, sulphur-bottom whale * sulfur butterfly, sulphur butterfly * sulfur cast, sulphur cast * sulfur cockatoo, sulphur cockatoo * sulfur-color, sulphur-colour * sulfur-colored, sulphur-coloured * sulphur cone * sulfur-crested cockatoo, sulphur-crested cockatoo * sulfur cycle, sulphur cycle * sulfur dibromide, sulphur dibromide * sulfur dioxide, sulphur dioxide * sulfured, sulphured * sulphur-headed cauliflower * sulfur ether, sulphur ether * sulfuretum, sulphuretum * sulfur fungus, sulphur fungus * sulfur hexafluoride, sulphur hexafluoride * sulfuric, sulphuric * sulfuriferous, sulphuriferous * sulfur impression, sulphur impression * sulfuring, sulphuring * sulfurity, sulphurity * sulfur match, sulphur match * sulfur monoxide, sulphur monoxide * sulphur of ivy * sulfur ore, sulphur ore * sulfur oxide, sulphur oxide * sulfur parakeet, sulphur parakeet * sulfur pearl, sulphur pearl * sulfur print, sulphur print * sulfur pyrites, sulphur pyrites * sulfur rain, sulphur rain * sulfur salt, sulphur salt * sulfur shower, sulphur shower * sulfur soap, sulphur soap * sulfur spring, sulphur spring * sulfur tree, sulphur tree * sulfur trioxide, sulphur trioxide * sulfur tuft, sulphur tuft * sulphur vivum * sulfur weed, sulphur weed * sulfur works, sulphur works * sulfurwort, sulphurwort * sulfur yellow, sulphur yellow * sulfury, sulphury * sulfuryl, sulphuryl * tetrasulfur, tetrasulphur * vegetable sulfur, vegetable sulphur * virgin sulfur, virgin sulphur * volcanic sulfur, volcanic sulphur * ultra-low sulfur diesel, ultra-low sulphur diesel


    (en adjective)
  • Of a yellowish green colour, like that of sulfur.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To treat with sulfur, or a sulfur compound, especially to preserve or to counter agricultural pests.
  • See also

    * acid rain * alunite * barite * cinnabar * cysteine * dithionous acid * Epsom salts * galena * gunpowder * gypsum * heparin * Lawesson's reagent * mercaptan * methionine * oleum * polythionic acid * pyrite * sodium dithionate * sodium dithionite * sphalerite * stibnite * thi-, thio- * thiol * thiolate * thionic * ----