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

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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 Des Roches and others noted that during the final days of the Trump administration, Lenderking was forced to endure an angry tirade from congressional staffers outraged over the Houthi terrorism designation. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "'I think there is a guilt': Biden wants to (finally) end the war in Yemen," 16 Feb. 2021 And he was briefly suspended at Tennessee for a profane social-media tirade against the coaching staff. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Revisiting The Chronicle’s 25 predictions for the 49ers’ 2020 season," 9 Jan. 2021 That was telling and Psaki made the point without bombast, without a tirade, and without trying to humiliate the reporter, in this case from Fox News, because someone dared to ask the question. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Jen Psaki Is Living Her Best Life," 25 Jan. 2021 After Green was suspended a game without pay for unleashing a verbal tirade on Kevin Durant in November 2018, Curry drove to Green’s house to talk through all that had just unfolded. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Why Warriors’ Draymond Green is a master at unlocking Steph Curry’s greatness," 5 Jan. 2021 This episode tells the stories of the assault of an elderly man in San Francisco and a thoughtful response to an anti-Asian tirade in New York. Eryn Mathewson, CNN, "These podcasts helped get us through some of 2020's most difficult conversations," 26 Dec. 2020 With Jimmy Lee Dykes, even the simplest spat could trigger a tirade. CBS News, "Saving Ethan: The FBI's race against the clock to rescue kidnapped Alabama boy," 6 Oct. 2020 Those are the topics that DeTrinis addresses in this tirade, directed by his frequent collaborator Drew Droege. Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The one-man show for Angelenos sick of everybody who loves New York," 23 Dec. 2020 Noah was far from the only small-screen emcee who approved of Cruise’s health-conscious tirade. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "TV hosts cut Tom Cruise some slack for his COVID-19 rant: ‘Angry for the right reason’," 17 Dec. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Tirade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tirade. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tirade

: a long and angry speech

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