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 of tirade from the Web
After boarding the MAX light rail train last Friday afternoon, Christian went on a tirade directed at two African-American teenagers -- one who was wearing a traditional Muslim hijab, according to witnesses and a police affidavit.
Prosecutors say Christian focused his racist tirade last Friday on two teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab.
Twitter tirades by the president are only making matters worse.
TriMet surveillance video and personal cellphone videos reviewed by police caught Christian's tirade and stabbing, a Portland homicide detective wrote in the affidavit.
The implication was obvious: Despite his unprecedented public tirades against some top officials, Mr. Guo was communicating with the one who matters most.
The man accused of stabbing three people, two fatally, on a Portland train had previously gone on a racist tirade on a train one night before the deadly attack, police confirmed to CBS affiliate KOIN.
There have been no Vettel tirades over the race radio.
The sites, JerryFalwell.com and JerryFallwell.com, were launched by Illinois resident Gary Cohn, who was angered by the evangelist’s tirade blaming the Sept. 11 attacks on feminists, gays and lesbians, among others.
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Origin and Etymology of tirade
French, shot, tirade, from Middle French, from Old Italian tirata, from tirare to draw, shoot
First Known Use: 1802
TIRADE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tirade for English Language Learners
: a long and angry speech
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