ti·​rade | \ ˈtī-ˌrād How to pronounce tirade (audio) also ti-ˈrād \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Whitney had unleashed a drunken tirade on former X Factor contestant Stacy Francis over Ray J and was photographed with blood dripping down her leg after falling inside. Gerrick Kennedy, Rolling Stone, 11 Feb. 2022 Man arrested after alleged racist tirade over smoothie Congress is giving billions to carbon-capture technology. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 25 Jan. 2022 The Robeks location in Fairfield, Conn., where authorities say a man went on a racist tirade and threw a drink at an employee. NBC News, 24 Jan. 2022 Anti-Asian attacks have also been reported in other cities across the country, including in San Francisco where video footage this month showed a man going on a racist tirade against a gay Asian man and his partner. Fox News, 29 July 2021 He was banned from Twitter in 2017 after a vulgar tirade targeting cable news hosts. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Apr. 2022 When Irina Gen’s students in western Russia asked why a European sports competition had barred them from attending, the 55-year-old teacher let loose with a tirade against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Jeanne Whalen, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2022 Kessel was sent to the locker room apparently for a tirade at an official right after Beagle's fight. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2022 Harding defended the former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees third baseman in a lawsuit that accused Boggs of going on a profanity- and insult-laced tirade against a flight attendant on a Yankees flight in 1996. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

19 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Tirade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tirade. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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