Friday, July 06, 2001
tirade noun [TY-raid; tih-RAID] A long angry speech; a violent denunciation; a prolonged outburst full of censure or abuse.
Definitions for tirade
- 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?"
Bobby wanted to enquire further, but knew better; more questions were apt to set off a tirade.
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."