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Sunday, April 04, 2004

Definitions for tirade

  1. A long angry speech; a violent denunciation; a prolonged outburst full of censure or abuse.

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Citations for tirade
The force of this tirade made Matthew glance nervously at Coots, who shrugged and asked his partner, "You just about all through?" Trevanian, Incident at Twenty-Mile
Bobby wanted to enquire further, but knew better; more questions were apt to set off a tirade. Stephen King, Hearts In Atlantis
Origin of tirade
Tirade comes from French, from Italian tirada, properly, "a pulling"; hence, "a lengthening out, a long speech, a tirade," from tirare, "to pull, to draw."