Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun In specific English use, a long vehement speech; an outpour of vituperation or censure.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a speech of violent denunciation

Etymologies

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

[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.]

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'_

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Comments

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  • A bit like a rant, I think.

    October 8, 2007

  • 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

  • You're doing great, kevo!

    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

  • *hands umbrage*

    March 30, 2011