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

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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The superstar began her tirade against contributor Vanessa Grigoriadis, who has previously written for the New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair. Nardine Saad, latimes.com, "Madonna trashes magazine profile, says she feels ‘raped’," 7 June 2019 Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has publicly defended his teammate Raheem Sterling, over the tirade of criticism regarding a new tattoo earlier this week. SI.com, "Fernandinho Calls Out Sterling Haters Amid Tattoo Controversy & Says England Star Is a 'Lovely Guy'," 1 June 2018 Chauvinists in both countries borrow from the anti-Muslim tirades of Hindu nationalists in India, whose constant drumbeat of incitement gives rise to an equally constant stream of ugly sectarian incidents. The Economist, "Why South Asia’s majorities act like persecuted minorities," 12 Apr. 2018 The album also reportedly leaked in June last year, amid a frustrated tirade of Snapchats and Tweets from Iggy Iggs. Wandera Hussein, Billboard, "Iggy Azalea Enlists Quavo For 'Savior' Single," 9 Jan. 2018 And then the cherry on the cake of Comey's irresponsible, unhinged, personal tirade against Donald Trump was a new parroted the liberal talking point that Trump is unfit to serve. Fox News, "Hannity: Setting the record straight about Michael Cohen," 17 Apr. 2018 Any period of gracious talk may be short lived, however, with Mr. Trump almost certain to continue his tirade about the 2,000-mile border with Mexico, and Mr. López Obrador virtually guaranteed to fire back in ways that his predecessors did not. New York Times, "Trump and Mexico’s New Leader, Both Headstrong, Begin With a ‘Good Conversation’," 2 July 2018 Maradona unleashed a vicious tirade directed at the England team, accusing the side of theft, and that the whole event was a big FIFA stitch-up. SI.com, "Diego Maradona Claims England's World Cup Win Over Colombia Was 'Monumental Theft'," 4 July 2018 The activist, Lara Loomer, is best known for a racist tirade against Muslims that earned her a lifetime ban from Uber and Lyft. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The 7 biggest moments from today’s social media hearings," 5 Sep. 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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English Language Learners Definition of tirade

: a long and angry speech

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