• WordNet 3.6
    • n tirade a speech of violent denunciation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tirade A declamatory strain or flight of censure or abuse; a rambling invective; an oration or harangue abounding in censorious and bitter language. "Here he delivers a violent tirade against persons who profess to know anything about angels."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tirade A long-drawn passage in speech or writing; an uninterrupted sequence of expression or declamation on a single theme, as in poetry, the drama, or conversation.
    • n tirade In specific English use, a long vehement speech; an outpour of vituperation or censure.
    • n tirade In music, a diatonic run or slide inserted between two tones that are separated by a considerable interval, producing a kind of portamento effect.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tirade ti-rād′ a strain of censure or reproof; a long vehement reproof.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. It. tirada, properly, a pulling; hence, a lengthening out, a long speech, a tirade, fr. tirare, to draw; of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. tear, to redn. See Tear to rend, and cf. Tire to tear
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—It. tiratatirare, to pull.


In literature:

And suddenly he came upon a passionate tirade against the present period.
"The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Throughout this tirade Pius maintained the same immobility of attitude, the same calm on his visage.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
His novels, disfigured by tirades and dry attempts at philosophical excursions, are all failures.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
This tirade was begun a long time since, but is destined to be finished at Abbotsford.
"A Letter Book" by George Saintsbury
Big Ed's voice could be heard in shrill tirade of fury.
"Master of the Moondog" by Stanley Mullen
After a time, jerking off his hat savagely, he burst out into a thundering tirade.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
Without waiting for an explanation, the design engineer launched into a tirade.
"The Scarlet Lake Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
Rafaela's tirade and the wine he himself had drunk, had been more than half at fault.
"Their Son; The Necklace" by Eduardo Zamacois
Janet's tirade now seemed to be affecting him much as cheap whiskey did.
"The Rosie World" by Parker Fillmore
Bindle listened to Mrs. Stiffson's tirade with frank admiration; language always appealed to him.
"Adventures of Bindle" by Herbert George Jenkins

In poetry:

Now twelve years later, you turn your back.
Sleepless, you hold
your pillow to your hollows like a child,
your old-fashioned tirade - loving, rapid, merciless - breaks like the Atlantic Ocean on my head.
"Man and Wife" by Robert Lowell

In news:

Responding to Jack Grogan's tirade in your October 11th issue is something I was compelled to do.
Liberal 's tirade about 'angry whites' showed who's really intolerantant &bull.
Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic tirade is getting him in trouble now, but will it hurt his career.
Pope walks out over sheik 's tirade.
COURTHOUSE — An alleged Twitter tirade that targeted a Montgomery County judge and county social workers has ended in stalking and harassment charges against a Pottstown woman.
Gov Chris Christie delivered his strongest tirade yet against President Obama on the campaign trail tonight in support of Mitt Romney.
Walleye coach Nick Vitucci was suspended by the ECHL for one game after his tirade in Saturday night's game at the Huntington Center.
Editor of "The Independent," has posting privileges revoked after a tirade ended with the email address of an NBC executive.
Five years later, Wellman's tirade endures.
This week's column is part two of my tirade about the love-hate relationship I have with the Internet.
Detroit Tiger Delmon Young Arrested After Anti-Semitic Tirade Outside NYC Hotel.
Serena Williams faced a $10,000 fine for her profane tirade against a US Open at a lineswoman.
Tirade Tuesday has Memphis fired up.
Terry's tirade : Turning point or trouble.
Carlisle knew he had to address Jason Terry's tirade that occurred early in the second quarter.