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[tahy-reyd, tahy-reyd] /ˈtaɪ reɪd, taɪˈreɪd/
a prolonged outburst of bitter, outspoken denunciation:
a tirade against smoking.
a long, vehement speech:
a tirade in the Senate.
a passage dealing with a single theme or idea, as in poetry:
the stately tirades of Corneille.
Origin of tirade
1795-1805; < French: literally, a stretch, (continuous) pulling < Italian tirata, noun use of feminine of tirato, past participle of tirare to draw, pull, fire (a shot), of obscure origin
2. harangue, diatribe. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tirade
  • The tirade generated by this combination is not only genuinely and highly dramatic: it is possibly poetry also.
  • So therefore you are the one on the non-fact based tirade.
  • The tirade that had come to characterize his prefight public rhetoric was muted.
  • Their sorrow and their anger are good, scolding stuff, an articulate tirade against perceived folly and uncritical applause.
  • Berry continued his tirade after being told by the officers to quiet down.
  • My little tirade that follows is probably more than you need to know right now.
  • He taunts the trooper in a profanity-laced tirade as he is placed in the car, but mellows as he is transported to the jail.
  • The in-cruiser microphone recorded appellant's tirade upon being placed in the cruiser.
  • The customer responded with a verbal tirade directed at the manager's foreign origin.
  • His lack of self-control is matched by his disdain for any who object to this inappropriate and bullying tirade.
British Dictionary definitions for tirade


a long angry speech or denunciation
(prosody, rare) a speech or passage dealing with a single theme
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: a pulling, from Italian tirata, from tirare to pull, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for tirade

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).

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