Definition of fusillade in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfyo͞osəˌlād//ˈfyo͞osəˌläd/


  • A series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession.

    ‘marchers had to dodge a fusillade of missiles’
    figurative ‘a fusillade of accusations’
    • ‘Knight does not explain how he knew the shot must have come from inside the field, and since the cadet was in the second car, the police fusillade must have begun by the time he was climbing over the turnstiles.’
    • ‘On 26 August 1944 he walked down the Champs Elysées to the acclamation of a vast crowd, and then went on to Notre Dame, where he stood unmoved when a sudden fusillade broke out inside the cathedral.’
    • ‘On arrival they were met by a fusillade of fire from the top of the arch, bombs being thrown down on the military vehicles.’
    • ‘There was a fusillade of bullets which spun me around.’
    • ‘Given that context, his recent fusillade of fulmination must have been nothing more than friendly fire.’
    • ‘But the thrust of this series is to unleash a fusillade of jokes, some of which are rattled off so fast that multiple viewings are required to pick them out.’
    • ‘The match itself started 10 minutes late because of the terrible fusillade of fireworks and even military smoke shells.’
    • ‘The fusillades of the firing squads (at least one of which López himself directed) roared so often and so ubiquitously that some mistook them for the sound of Brazilian invaders.’
    • ‘Another fusillade of shots clipped nets and thumped into wood.’
    • ‘Dipping into the nation's exchequer, he exclaimed: ‘Show me the general who can withstand a fusillade of pesos!’’
    • ‘A deadly fusillade of slaved ACP missiles raced out at the Destroyer's bridge tower.’
    • ‘He effectively followed up with his fusillade of punches to prompt the stoppage.’
    • ‘Third, other witnesses agreed that the fusillade began almost immediately after the first few shots.’
    • ‘Once brought under control by the mahouts, it lumbered across the river - this time to a fusillade of stones and rotting fruit thrown by the now vengeful onlookers.’
    • ‘Rasping winds arose and a fusillade of words rained down.’
    • ‘The search was wrapped up, and soldiers jumped back into the vehicles-buttoning up for an expected fusillade of rocks, if not gunfire, as they left.’
    • ‘But instead of blasting him with fusillades from the TV, they must reach him through hundreds of Web sites, channels, video games, even billboards.’
    • ‘A fusillade of cruise missiles had been launched from four US cruisers and a submarine, and a supporting British sub.’
    • ‘Almost any newly translated French or Italian philosopher becomes fashionable, regardless of whether appropriate or not, and is hailed with a fetishistic fusillade of anachronistic footnotes.’
    • ‘I then wondered whether, if a sniper starting shooting into the crowd, I would be able to find adequate cover from the fusillade of bullets which would be raining down upon the commuters and workers crossing the road.’
    salvo, volley, barrage, bombardment, cannonade, battery, burst, blast, hail, shower, rain, stream, broadside, blitz, discharge
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[WITH OBJECT]archaic
  • Attack (a place) or shoot down (someone) by a series of shots fired at the same time or in quick succession.

    • ‘Thousands of people were fusilladed without any form of trial.’
    • ‘Most of the members - including Sam - were sentenced to death and fusilladed in the early morning of 1 July 1443 in the Dunes of Overveen.’
    • ‘They went into hiding in Katlijk, but where betrayed and fusilladed by the German oppressor.’
    • ‘These legality saving measures were not taken into account in the highest degree either by the air bombes, or by the furious fire in the Kálvin square part of the house, or by the soviet soldiers and arrow-cross henchmen fusillading in the staircase.’
    shell, torpedo, pound, blitz, strafe, pepper, fire at, fire on, bomb
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Early 19th century: from French, from fusiller to shoot from fusil (see fusil) + -ade.