Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long angry or violent speech, usually of a censorious or denunciatory nature; a diatribe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long, angry or violent speech; a diatribe
  • n. A section of verse concerning a single theme; a laisse

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A declamatory strain or flight of censure or abuse; a rambling invective; an oration or harangue abounding in censorious and bitter language.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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. In specific English use, a long vehement speech; an outpour of vituperation or censure.
  • n. In music, a diatonic run or slide inserted between two tones that are separated by a considerable interval, producing a kind of portamento effect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a speech of violent denunciation

Etymologies

French, from Old French, act of firing, from tirer, to draw out, endure, probably back-formation from martirant, present participle of martirer, to torture (influenced by mar, to one's misfortune, and tiranz, executioner, tyrant), from martir, martyr, from Late Latin martyr; see martyr.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • WORDS ACCENTED ON THE LAST SYLLABLE: address _address'_ adept _adept'_ adult _adult'_ ally _ally'_ commandant _commandänt '(ä as in arm) _ contour _contour'_ dessert _dessert'_ dilate _dilate'_ excise _eksiz'_ finance _finance'_ grimace _grimace'_ importune _importune'_ occult _occult'_ pretence _pretence'_ research _research'_ robust _robust'_ romance _romance'_ tirade _tirade'_

    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • Zimbabwe by threatening what it called a tirade of bad publicity over Blair's departure.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Can't Post | Private Reply ncferret, The basic problem with your lengthy tirade is that an FM-3 IS a resident visa.

    FM2 and Citizenship

  • While Christian Bale's recent F-Bomb tirade is making headlines, Wired lists The Top 10 Celebrity Rants Caught on Tape, a listt hat includes ...

    February 2009

  • But what it's really amazing at is taking today's news and remixing it while it's still today's news — like, oh, let's say, the f-bomb-tastic Christian Bale tirade from the set of "Terminator: Salvation" that has been lighting things up over the past 24 hours.

    You Can Now Dance To The Sound Of Christian Bale’s Fury » MTV Movies Blog

  • Silva blasted the leaders in the northern hemisphere in a name calling tirade at the sparsely attended summit of Amazon nations before Copenhagen.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Because if they started winning right away -- right after the latest Steinbrenner tirade, that is -- it would only convince "The Boss" that he was responsible for the turnaround and deserved all the credit for it, no matter the actual cause.

    Rick Horowitz: Steinbrenner: By George, He Was a Pain!

  • Forty years ago Dr. Laura could have gone on her N-word tirade with no one batting an eye.

    Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto: Race Baiting Rumblings

  • Oh, and Michael Richard's n-word tirade is a little different than Robert Duvall's simply being a Republican.

    Poll: As Conventions Approach, Dems Trouncing GOP In Image, Party I.D.

  • Open in September, calling the tirade, quote, "a major offense", grand slam officials threatened to bar Williams from future U.S.

    CNN Transcript Nov 30, 2009

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  • *hands umbrage*

    March 30, 2011

  • You can tip it over the coach at the end of the game, kevo, especially if he's homosexual.

    March 30, 2011

  • You're doing great, kevo!

    March 30, 2011

  • God! What horrible word!! I can't believe they even put such preposterous nonsense in the dictionary at all!! Who do they think they are, spreading their loathsome propaganda across the internet?!?!?
    (am i doing it right?)

    March 30, 2011

  • A bit like a rant, I think.

    October 8, 2007