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Monday, March 06, 2017

Definitions for fusillade

  1. a general discharge or outpouring of anything: a fusillade of questions.
  2. a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms.
  3. to attack or shoot by a fusillade.

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Citations for fusillade
During this unprecedented fusillade of blows the Gangster hunkered down and didn't move except to deflect the stray chop away from his face. Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 2007
The "pitchfork senator" stood their fusillade of questions for about an hour, and then went home in disgust, and the balance of the meeting was a strictly party affair. Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, 1906
Origin of fusillade
Fusillade comes from the French verb fusiler “to shoot.” The suffix -ade is found in nouns denoting action or process or a person or persons acting, and is often found in French loanwords. Fusillade entered English in the late 18th century.