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November 25, 2021

Tirade / ˈtīˌrād/ noun 

Definition: A tirade is a prolonged angry speech that typically comprises a string of violent, bitter, and emotionally charged words. It is a protracted speech in which one angrily criticizes an object or person.

It can also be a long-drawn passage in writing or speech. A non-stop sequence of declamation or expression on a single theme, as in conversation, drama, or poetry.

Emotions typically expressed by a speaker in a tirade help to define the word. A tirade typically involves bitterness, anger, disapproval, or hate.

The speaker may use derogative or harshly censorious words to express their feelings. Most importantly, a tirade can last as long as possible, depending on the context.

Etymology: The word originated from the Middle French between 1795-1805, meaning long speech. It may have also originated from Old Italian tirare, meaning to pull or tirata, meaning volley.

In a Sentence

Becky’s sister treated her to a heated tirade after she lost her favorite jewelry box.

In a bitter tirade of abuse, the student leader demanded the dean’s immediate resignation.

At the start of the second half, the teammates had mixed feelings after their coach subjected them to a 10-minutes tirade in the locker room.


Harangue, Diatribe


Compliment, Praise


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