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[tahy-reyd, tahy-reyd]
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  1. a prolonged outburst of bitter, outspoken denunciation: a tirade against smoking.
  2. a long, vehement speech: a tirade in the Senate.
  3. a passage dealing with a single theme or idea, as in poetry: the stately tirades of Corneille.
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Origin of tirade

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


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  1. a long angry speech or denunciation
  2. prosody rare a speech or passage dealing with a single theme
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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 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).

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