Definition of tirade in English:


Syllabification: ti·rade
Pronunciation: /ˈtīˌrād/


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.
diatribe, harangue, rant, onslaught, attack, polemic, denunciation, broadside, fulmination, condemnation, censure, invective, criticism, tongue-lashing;
literary philippic


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

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