Simple Definition of tirade
: a long and angry speech
Full Definition of tirade
: a protracted speech usually marked by intemperate, vituperative, or harshly censorious language
Examples of tirade in a sentence
He went into a tirade about the failures of the government.
The coach directed a tirade at the team after the loss.
Origin and Etymology of tirade
French, shot, tirade, from Middle French, from Old Italian tirata, from tirare to draw, shoot
First Known Use: 1802
Rhymes with tirade
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