Tirade definition

tīrād, tī-rād
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A long angry speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature; a diatribe.
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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.

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A long, vehement speech, esp. one of denunciation; harangue.
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A long, angry or violent speech; a diatribe.
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A section of verse concerning a single theme; a laisse.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tirade
Plural:
tirades

Origin of tirade

  • 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,) (tiranz executioner, tyrant) from martir martyr from Late Latin martyr martyr

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition