ti·rade | \ˈtī-ˌrād also ti-ˈ \

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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John Kelly appeared less than comfortable during this tirade. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump at NATO Summit: Germany Is ‘Captive to Russia’," 11 July 2018 The Harley Davidson motorcycle may be as American as apple pie, but that hasn't insulated the iconic brand from Trump’s inaccurate Twitter tirades. Ethan Bronner, Bloomberg.com, "Inside the Thwarted Venezuelan Military Coup," 28 June 2018 Among other topics discussed at the meetings in New York: --Manfred said the viral video of former New York Mets manager Terry Collins' mic'd-up tirade was removed by MLB. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "Death of the hitting pitcher? MLB's Rob Manfred hints at progress on universal DH," 14 June 2018 Through Twitter tirades, Trump blamed McConnell for Republicans’ failed effort to repeal Obamacare. NBC News, "McConnell's legacy built on winning fights, not friends," 12 June 2018 This episode of the Cop Shop Podcast, our audio journey into Macon-area police report oddities, includes items about a Bloomfield Drive woman's reportedly racist cursing tirade to 911 operators. Josh Magness, kansascity, "Man blasted NWA’s ’F--- the Police' as a 'form of protest.’ A cop gave him a ticket.," 7 June 2018 The newspaper's story about the case touched off a yearslong tirade from Ramos. Tamara Lush, Fox News, "Handling online threats to journalists presents difficulties," 3 July 2018 The newspaper’s story about the case touched off a yearslong tirade from Ramos. Washington Post, "Journalists struggle to keep online threats from escalating," 3 July 2018 The newspaper’s story about the case touched off a yearslong tirade from Ramos. Tamara Lush, The Seattle Times, "Handling online threats to journalists presents difficulties," 3 July 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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