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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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 Meghan's trip to Canada comes just as her father, Thomas Markle, continues his tirade against his daughter and the royal family. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Caught a Flight to Toronto without Prince Harry Amid Family Drama," 19 Aug. 2018 Still, early this month, after Mr. Trump launched another Twitter tirade against Amazon’s deal with the Postal Service, Mr. Stoller jumped on board on Twitter. Cecilia Kang, Nick Wingfield And Danielle Ivory, New York Times, "Amazon’s Critics Get New Life With Trump’s Attacks on the Company," 22 Apr. 2018 The tirade got Ronaldo a second yellow card that would have suspended him for the next match. Washington Post, "Messi and Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles," 30 June 2018 The tirade got Ronaldo a second yellow card that would have suspended him for the next match. Ronald Blum, Fox News, "Messi and Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles," 30 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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