Tirade vs Reproach - What's the difference?

tirade | reproach |

As nouns the difference between tirade and reproach

is that tirade is while reproach is a mild rebuke, or an implied criticism.

As a verb reproach is

to criticize or rebuke someone.




(en noun)
  • A long, angry or violent speech; a diatribe.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.}}
  • *, chapter=13
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=“[…] They talk of you as if you were Croesus—and I expect the beggars sponge on you unconscionably.” And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes.}}
  • A section of verse concerning a single theme; a laisse.
  • Synonyms

    * (speech) diatribe, rant * (section of verse) laisse * See also

    See also

    * j'accuse * tantrum


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  • A mild rebuke, or an implied criticism.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1818 , author=Mary Shelley , title=Frankenstein , chapter=4 citation , passage=My father made no reproach in his letters and only took notice of my science by inquiring into my occupations more particularly than before.}}
  • Disgrace or shame.
  • Verb

  • To criticize or rebuke someone.
  • * Bible, 1 Peter iv. 14
  • if ye be reproached for the name of Christ
  • * Milton
  • That this newcomer, Shame, / There sit not, and reproach us as unclean.
  • * Dryden
  • Mezentius with his ardour warmed / His fainting friends, reproached their shameful flight, / Repelled the victors.
  • To disgrace, or bring shame upon someone.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I thought your marriage fit; else imputation, / For that he knew you, might reproach your life.


    * (to criticize or rebuke) blame, rebuke, upbraid * (to disgrace) disgrace, dishonor * See also

    Derived terms

    * beyond reproach * reproachful