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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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  • It was, so Billy thought, even as he launched it, a tirade satisfying and magnificent.

    Billy and the Big Stick Richard Harding Davis
  • Never a shade passed Craig's face as he listened to this tirade.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • Since the sheriff was a bachelor, there was nobody in his apartment to enjoy this tirade.

    Black Star's Campaign Johnston McCulley
  • The deputy followed me, indulging in a tirade of most abusive language.

  • Although during this tirade her audience had disappeared, eternal vigilance was forever Mrs. Barrows' motto.

    The Loves of Ambrose Margaret Vandercook
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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