[ tahy-reyd, tahy-reyd ]
/ ˈtaɪ reɪd, taɪˈreɪd /


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.

Words nearby tirade

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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British Dictionary definitions for tirade

/ (taɪˈreɪd) /


a long angry speech or denunciation
prosody rare a speech or passage dealing with a single theme

Word Origin for tirade

C19: from French, literally: a pulling, from Italian tirata, from tirare to pull, of uncertain origin
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