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fusillade

[ fyoo-suh-leyd, -lahd, -zuh- ]
/ ˈfyu səˌleɪd, -ˌlɑd, -zə- /
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noun

a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms.
a general discharge or outpouring of anything: a fusillade of questions.

verb (used with object), fu·sil·lad·ed, fu·sil·lad·ing.

to attack or shoot by a fusillade.

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Origin of fusillade

First recorded in 1795–1805; from French, equivalent to fusill(er) “to shoot” (see fusil1) + -ade-ade1
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British Dictionary definitions for fusillade

fusillade
/ (ˌfjuːzɪˈleɪd, -ˈlɑːd) /

noun

a simultaneous or rapid continual discharge of firearms
a sudden outburst, as of criticism

verb

(tr) to attack with a fusillade

Word Origin for fusillade

C19: from French, from fusiller to shoot; see fusil 1
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