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
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)