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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On Friday, both benchmarks lost more than 2 percent, so the cost of Trump’s tirade wasn’t fully recouped. Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, "Let’s be real: There won’t be a trade deal with China any time soon," 26 Aug. 2019 Ivana Trump’s ex-husband, Rossano Rubicondi (above far left), made headlines over the July 4 weekend with an angry tirade against President Trump’s two adult sons. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "That Time Donald Trump Jr. Threatened to Kill Rossano Rubicondi, His Mother’s Husband, at Their Wedding," 8 July 2019 Police reports detail incidents such as assaults, racist tirades, vandalism and threatening phone calls. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hate crimes cataloged: Five years of malice and spite in San Diego County," 30 Aug. 2019 Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, whom Trump appointed last year, had barely finished speaking at the Fed’s annual event when Trump unleashed a Twitter tirade against him. Emily Barrett, Los Angeles Times, "Stocks drop as Trump trade war and tantrums undo Fed’s efforts," 23 Aug. 2019 One of the Algerian characters explodes into an anti-Semitic tirade, accusing Algeria’s Jews of being traitors to the national cause, worse than the colonialists themselves. Adam Shatz, The New Yorker, "“How Does It Feel To Be a White Man?”: William Gardner Smith’s Exile in Paris," 11 Aug. 2019 The president's tirade against Omar and her fellow progressive lawmakers of color — Reps. CBS News, "Trump campaign says president "can't control" chants at rallies," 18 July 2019 President Trump rails against Mr. Powell in frequent tweeted tirades, threatening to find a way to pull him down from his throne. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The Fall of the Priesthood of Central Banking," 12 July 2019 To recap all the craziness, EW chatted with Levien and Koppelman about making Chuck and Axe adversaries again, Paul Giamatti’s epic Italian tirade, and the art of the con. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Billions creators break down the backstabbing, twist-filled season 4 finale," 10 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of tirade

: a long and angry speech

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concealment of treason or felony

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