One tirade even earned Nugent a visit from the Secret Service.
This is not a tirade against divorce or against the working mother.
After a five-minute tirade, he hangs up, and I fall into a deep depression.
1801, "a 'volley of words,' " from French tirade "speech, volley, shot, continuation, drawing out" (16c.), from tirer "draw out, endure, suffer," or the French word is perhaps from cognate Italian tirata "a volley," from past participle of tirare "to draw." The whole Romanic word group is of uncertain origin; some think it is a shortening of the source of Old French martirer "endure martyrdom" (see martyr).