ti·​rade ˈtī-ˌrād How to pronounce tirade (audio)
 also  ti-ˈrād
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web After being questioned by the committee in July 2022, Ziegler unleashed a 27-minute inflammatory tirade on his Telegram page calling the investigation discriminatory against White people and using sexist slurs to describe female ex-colleagues who cooperated with the committee. Meryl Kornfield, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Sep. 2023 For months, Gerasimov had rarely been seen in public and, along with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, had been a frequent target of Prigozhin’s scathing public tirades accusing Russia’s regular military leadership of incompetence. Francesca Ebel, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 This may be hard for Trump, who regularly posts tirades on Truth Social. Edith Olmsted, The New Republic, 22 Aug. 2023 Trump is famous for his impromptu and incendiary pronouncements, whether through his rambling speeches or his social media tirades. Eric Cortellessa, Time, 21 Aug. 2023 In Italy, where ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft and Bolt have been met with strong resistance and are heavily restricted, social media sites channeled tirades describing hourslong taxi lines at train stations and airports. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, 10 Aug. 2023 Others theorized that the Kremlin had orchestrated Mr. Prigozhin’s tirades against Mr. Shoigu, the defense minister, to deflect blame from Mr. Putin himself. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, 23 June 2023 And sure, Kim did open up about her divorce from Kanye West and his headline-making antisemitic tirades and public meltdowns. Jodi Guglielmi, Rolling Stone, 27 July 2023 Prigozhin’s increasingly vitriolic tirades blaming corruption and mismanagement by the Russian military command for battlefield setbacks and high casualties in the war against Ukraine had resonated with many sectors of Russian society. Catherine Belton, Shane Harris and Greg Miller, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tirade was in 1802

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“Tirade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tirade. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


ti·​rade tī-ˈrād How to pronounce tirade (audio)
: a long violent angry speech : harangue

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