ti·​rade | \ˈtī-ˌrād also ti-ˈ \

Definition of tirade 

: a protracted speech usually marked by intemperate, vituperative, or harshly censorious language

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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.

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Gab went offline on October 28th, following news reports that shooter Robert Bowers maintained a site profile full of anti-Semitic tirades. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Gab is back online after being banned by GoDaddy, PayPal, and more," 5 Nov. 2018 Back then, Hooters didn’t have to deal with a slew of mediocre online reviews, piled on top of viral Twitter tirades about how Hooters should staff women who could double as therapists. Vox, "Hooters is closing restaurants. Is its offensive uniform to blame?," 4 Oct. 2018 Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Toyota have also been on the receiving end of Trump’s Twitter tirades. Alexandra Olson, The Seattle Times, "A look at companies embroiled in recent political debates," 4 Sep. 2018 Trump’s Twitter tirade followed days of accusations from the president that the FBI inserted a spy into his campaign in 2016, an allegation that law enforcement and some congressional officials say also is not grounded in facts. Matt Viser, BostonGlobe.com, "GOP support for Robert Mueller’s probe is falling," 30 May 2018 During a routine traffic stop involving her daughter, Turner launched into a tirade at the two responding officers. Francis Lally, USA TODAY, "Video shows Port Authority official unleashing F-bomb at cops during traffic stop," 24 Apr. 2018 Last summer, Trump launched a tirade at Khan in the immediate aftermath of a terrorist attack in central London. Dan Stewart, Time, "The 3 Big Takeaways from Donald Trump's Controversial Interview with The Sun," 13 July 2018 NEVER one to stick to a script, Rodrigo Duterte regales audiences with tirades, profanities and anecdotes. The Economist, "The president of the Philippines wants to change the constitution," 28 June 2018 However, The Shade Room observed that Nelly’s former girlfriend Ashanti posted a video with his father to her Instagram Stories shortly before the tirade. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "'No More Money from Me': Nelly Severs Ties with His Father via Social Media," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of tirade

1802, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tirade

French, shot, tirade, from Middle French, from Old Italian tirata, from tirare to draw, shoot

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The first known use of tirade was in 1802

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English Language Learners Definition of tirade

: a long and angry speech

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