- 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
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Examples from the Web for tirade
In December, he unleashed a tirade against them, saying they had “lost all credibility.”Tea Party Takes on Boehner
February 19, 2014
Turned into a hashtag in a late-night Twitter tirade, “Do What U Want,” then, is not just a good pop song.Lady Gaga and R. Kelly’s ‘Do What U Want’ Is Pure Pop Heaven
October 21, 2013
The Twitter tirade ended when Schwyzer said he was giving his laptop to his family and staying offline.Porn Professor Hugo Schwyzer Comes Clean About His Twitter Meltdown and Life as a Fraud
August 12, 2013
Bynes responded to the insinuations—that she was not well or not being her authentic self—with a tirade.My Search for Amanda Bynes … and Why I’m Calling It Off
May 29, 2013
This is not a tirade against divorce or against the working mother.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
February 27, 2013
Of all that tirade, but one sentence had remained as if corroded into the mind of Carrier.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
I had listened in a sort of fascination to that tirade of venomous mockery.The Strolling Saint
The deputy followed me, indulging in a tirade of most abusive language.The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences
It was quite possible, for the other had not paused a moment in her tirade.The Golden Woman
Where's the quiet to come from, I ask you, after such a tirade of abuse as that?'Lord Kilgobbin
- a long angry speech or denunciation
- prosody rare a speech or passage dealing with a single theme
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).