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Meaning of tirade

ti•rade

Pronunciation: (tī'rād, tī-rād'), [key]
— n.
  1. a prolonged outburst of bitter, outspoken denunciation: a tirade against smoking.
  2. a long, vehement speech: a tirade in the Senate.
  3. a passage dealing with a single theme or idea, as in poetry: the stately tirades of Corneille.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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