Definition of tirade in US English:



  • A long, angry speech of criticism or accusation.

    ‘a tirade of abuse’
    • ‘If one were to summarise that speech, one would have to say that it was characterised by a tirade of abuse.’
    • ‘She was used to Maria's rants and tirades, having picked her up from every session ever since she got a drivers' license.’
    • ‘But she was serious, and she launched into a tirade of abuse about those damned heathens.’
    • ‘He has already planned his acceptance speech: a tirade against those who have suggested that he retire.’
    • ‘The stranger braced herself for a tirade of abuse, but to her surprise, when the noblewoman arrived, it did not come.’
    • ‘Every week, just like all of you, we follow Aaron on his rants and tirades and so we just couldn't let another issue go out without us getting our own say.’
    • ‘Her expression is pained, quizzical and defensive, as if expecting a tirade of criticism at every turn.’
    • ‘Walking to the station this morning I was shocked out of my daydreams by a tirade of four letter abuse.’
    • ‘There is plenty for critics to criticise; but those who have tried tend to receive a tirade of abuse.’
    • ‘These complaints were not the normal tirade of abuse and insults we receive but seemed genuine.’
    • ‘If we opened our mouths we couldn't utter more than a couple of words before the tirade of abuse began again.’
    • ‘Their obese son can't open his mouth without a tirade of abuse and their daughter has retreated into herself.’
    • ‘She was large and had an ugly face, and looked powerful - she had a smaller lady minion hovering behind her - but the three women did not stop their angry tirades.’
    • ‘There are no subtleties, there is little light and shade and the long speeches are delivered as tirades rather than thoughtful Shakespearian soliloquies.’
    • ‘His crime was to have pushed over a cabinet minister in response to a tirade of abuse during a heated debate.’
    • ‘So maybe now I am smiling, just to spite this woman and her ridiculous tirade.’
    • ‘However, hotel staff say they refused to serve him at the bar, and claim that as a result Watson issued an angry tirade of abuse.’
    • ‘It's something of a disappointment when you had been hoping for a tirade of vitriol against humanity.’
    • ‘To read a tirade of abuse like this can only add to that trauma and make Nadia's bravery and eventual victory all the more commendable.’
    • ‘Point made, he stops and waits a while and treats me to the inevitable tirade of verbal abuse aimed at the car in the meantime.’
    diatribe, invective, polemic, denunciation, rant, broadside, attack, harangue, verbal onslaught
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Early 19th century: from French, literally ‘long speech’, from Italian tirata ‘volley’, from tirare ‘to pull’.