Definition of tirade in English:


Line breaks: tir¦ade
Pronunciation: /tʌɪˈreɪd
, tɪ-/


A long, angry speech of criticism or accusation: a tirade of abuse
More example sentences
  • However, hotel staff say they refused to serve him at the bar, and claim that as a result Watson issued an angry tirade of abuse.
  • She was large and had an ugly face, and looked powerful - she had a smaller lady minion hovering behind her - but the three women did not stop their angry tirades.
  • There are no subtleties, there is little light and shade and the long speeches are delivered as tirades rather than thoughtful Shakespearian soliloquies.


early 19th century: from French, literally 'long speech', from Italian tirata 'volley', from tirare 'to pull'.

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