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From French tirade (monologue, speech, tirade).


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tirade (plural tirades)

  1. A long, angry or violent speech; a diatribe.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
      Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 13, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      “[…] They talk of you as if you were Croesus—and I expect the beggars sponge on you unconscionably.” And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes.
  2. A section of verse concerning a single theme; a laisse.



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tirade (third-person singular simple present tirades, present participle tirading, simple past and past participle tiraded)

  1. To make a long, angry or violent speech, a tirade.
    • 2009, Megan Greenberg, The Orser's Promise
      Long into the night had he tiraded, until finally, when Apt had refused to keep awake a moment longer, no matter what fascinating things the desert people were doing with preserving the dead []