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fusillade

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noun fu·sil·lade \ˈfyü-sə-ˌläd, -ˌlād, ˌfyü-sə-ˈ, -zə-\

Simple Definition of fusillade

  • : a large number of shots that are fired very quickly

Full Definition of fusillade

  1. 1 a :  a number of shots fired simultaneously or in rapid succession b :  something that gives the effect of a fusillade <a fusillade of rocks and bottles>

  2. 2 :  a spirited outburst especially of criticism

Examples of fusillade

  1. A fusillade of bullets filled the courtyard.

  2. <responded calmly to the fusillade of criticism leveled at his design for the memorial>



Origin of fusillade

French, from fusiller to shoot, from fusil


First Known Use: 1801



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