fu·​sil·​lade | \ ˈfyü-sə-ˌläd How to pronounce fusillade (audio) , -ˌlād, ˌfyü-sə-ˈläd, -ˈlād, -zə-\

Definition of fusillade

1a : 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 : a spirited outburst especially of criticism

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Examples of fusillade in a Sentence

A fusillade of bullets filled the courtyard. responded calmly to the fusillade of criticism leveled at his design for the memorial

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The counternarrative asserts that the doctor had only punched Long, that the bodyguards had overreacted, and that Long was actually killed in the fusillade of their bullets. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, "Dr. Carl Weiss Jr., 84, his father, he said, didn’t kill Huey Long," 15 Aug. 2019 The counternarrative asserts that the doctor had only punched Long, that the bodyguards had overreacted and that Long was actually killed in the fusillade of their bullets. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Dr. Carl Weiss Jr., 84, Dies; His Father, He Said, Didn’t Kill Huey Long," 13 Aug. 2019 Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds combined to post six of ‘em between 1998 and 2001, with Bonds’ 73-homer fusillade in 2001 still standing as the single-season record. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB's burning second-half questions: The return of the 60-home run season?," 10 July 2019 The letter triggered an escalating fusillade of memos, tweets and public denunciations about motives and leadership. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Election themes surface in firefight over Tri-City Medical Center," 14 June 2019 Syria has twice been on the receiving end of a fusillade of missiles for crossing red lines. Hugh Hewitt, Twin Cities, "Hugh Hewitt: America’s enemies are on notice about this president," 5 June 2019 By contrast, the characters seem like mere megaphones or missiles, and the plot just a Rube Goldberg contraption for moving them into position to deliver the next fusillade. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Log Cabin,’ It’s Gay vs. Trans as the Rainbow Crumbles," 25 June 2018 The Brussels Criminal Court also convicted Sofien Ayari, who was with Mr. Abdeslam at the time of the fusillade and sentenced him to the same 20-year term that prosecutors had sought for both men. Alissa J. Rubin And Milan Schreuer, New York Times, "Paris Attack Suspect Is Convicted for Shooting at Police," 23 Apr. 2018 The fusillade was the latest sign that Yemen’s blood bath is a growing threat to the region. Gardiner Harris, New York Times, "Pompeo’s Message to Saudis? Enough Is Enough: Stop Qatar Blockade," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fusillade

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fusillade

borrowed from French, from fusiller "to shoot with a musket volley" (from fusil fusil entry 2 + -iller, causative prefix, going back to Latin -iculāre, derivative of -iculum, instrumental and diminutive suffix) + -ade -ade

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: a large number of shots that are fired very quickly

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