cannonade

noun
can·​non·​ade | \ ˌka-nə-ˈnād How to pronounce cannonade (audio) \

Definition of cannonade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a heavy fire of artillery
2 : an attack (as with words) likened to artillery fire : bombardment The president's decision was attacked with a cannonade of criticism.

cannonade

verb
cannonaded; cannonading

Definition of cannonade (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to attack with or as if with artillery

intransitive verb

: to deliver artillery fire

Examples of cannonade in a Sentence

Noun The French directed a cannonade at the British for three hours. the director of the sporting event was greeted at the scene with a cannonade of complaints Verb the artillery cannonaded the enemy encampment all night
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In general, however, the report was a cap-gun ending to an inquiry whose backers hinted would turn up a cannonade of fraud. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2021 Watson’s cannonade of wonders and statistics sometimes proceeds in almost carnival mood, leading to arbitrary indulgences. Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books, 17 Nov. 2020 Since his first day on the job, President Trump has signed a cannonade of executive orders and memoranda targeting policies impacting the environment, health care, infrastructure & more. Kevin Corke, Fox News, 14 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But Americans chose to cannonade each other with pamphlets, not artillery. Joseph Tartakovsky, WSJ, 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of cannonade

Noun

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1637, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Cannonade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cannonade. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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