Pronunciation: (tī'rād, tī-rād'), [key]
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.