- The definition of a tirade is a long and bitter speech.
- An example of tirade is an outburst against an illegal practice.
- An example of tirade is a speech filled with condemnations.
tirade definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French ; from Italian tirata, a volley ; from past participle of tirare, to draw, fire ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form tirare
tirade definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: French, from Old French, act of firing, from tirer, to draw out, endure, probably back-formation from martirant, present participle of martirer, to torture (influenced by mar, to one's misfortune, and tiranz, executioner, tyrant), from martir, martyr, from Late Latin martyr; see martyr.