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.
Recent Examples on the Web That prompted many observers, including some former Twitter employees, to ask why he hadn’t been suspended -- a cycle that has played out several times following other Trump tirades. Kurt Wagner, Fortune, "Meet Twitter’s top lawyer, who has the final word on blocking tweets—including Donald Trump’s," 15 Jan. 2020 Major League Baseball still has an open investigation against the franchise as a result of assistant general manager Brandon Taubman’s tirade against female reporters following the American League Championship Series. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Former Houston pitcher Mike Fiers: Astros stole signs electronically in 2017," 12 Nov. 2019 One was a friend at Wellman’s church who was the vice president of sales at Covenant Transport Services, in Chattanooga, the scene of Wellman’s notorious tirade. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sod Poodles manager Wellman refuses to be defined by infamous YouTube tirade," 25 June 2019 The face-off with Russell Crowe's demon is initially unremarkble, until Lucifer launches into a fierce and scary tirade that is unlike anything Smith has ever done. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Every Will Smith film performance, ranked," 16 Jan. 2020 The 34-year-old model launched into a hilarious tirade about her husband on Tuesday night after learning that Legend, 40, had invited his fellow The Voice coaches and contestants over to their house for dinner without telling her. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "Chrissy Teigen Flips Out at John Legend for Making Surprise Dinner Plans with The Voice Cast," 18 Dec. 2019 And his seventh-inning tirade was so animated that a doctor checked on Martinez in the clubhouse just to be safe. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Dave Martinez was checked by a doctor after his animated World Series tirade," 30 Oct. 2019 Well, and Jojo’s Adolf, who’s much sillier than the real one – a loyal chum who only occasionally goes into tirades about the Jews. BostonGlobe.com, "Jojo Rabbit, the hero of “Jojo Rabbit,” is not a rabbit. He is a boy, and a fervent little Nazi boy at that. Like many children, he has an imaginary friend, but his is Adolf Hitler. The movie’s a comedy, until it isn’t.," 25 Oct. 2019 Through Twitter tirades, a robbery in Paris and the births of their three other children, the pair have stayed strong through the decade. Andrea Wurzburger, PEOPLE.com, "Engagements, Weddings and Whirlwind Romances: The 10 Celebrity Couples of the Past Decade," 31 Dec. 2019

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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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6 Feb 2020

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“Tirade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tirade. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tirade

: a long and angry speech

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