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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.
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 tirades
  • tirades and appeals to prejudice must make way for arguments and appeals to antiquity.
  • Some longtime boosters asked to have their seats moved further from the bench so they wouldn't be close to his tirades.
  • Maybe you have to start by being kind to your customers, instead of the resurfacing nationalistic unrepentant tirades.
  • His material was uncompromisingly to his own taste, filled with wild tirades about apparent trivialities.
  • But others are blazingly articulate, their stories leaping from them in magnificent tirades.
  • They are entertaining tirades, but this is not what fiction is for.
  • Such tirades are issued daily on hundreds of stations around the country.
  • tirades-intense, angry emotional expressions against their enemies-may occur and should be tolerated.
  • These tirades may incite other offenders into similar behaviors, thus producing a harsh environment at times.
British Dictionary definitions for tirades


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 tirades



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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