1. a rapid discharge of firearms; 2. a sustained attack; 3. an outpouring of something, such as words or emotions.
In its figurative sense, a fusillade is an outpouring or onslaught of many things all at once like questions, insults, emotions, etc.
– The president was well prepared for the fusillade of questions he encountered at the press conference this morning.
– The officers fired a fusillade of bullets at the terrorist, but he still got away.
– Monica shouted a fusillade of insults at John and slammed down the phone.
blast, onslaught, barrage
1. headstrong, irritable, and stubbornly inclined to make trouble; 2. volatile and unpredictably difficult in operation
To learn the word fractious, think, to fracture (break) the peace or ease of a situation. Someone who is fractious likes to cause trouble and make things difficult for others.
– The fractious bull escaped and trampled anyone in its path.
– A heavy workload and the stress of a tight deadline created a fractious environment within the team.
– After the announcement of the new financial budget, the formerly fractious opposition quickly unified to disrupt the plan.
– The substitute teacher couldn’t manage the overly fractious class, so she got up and quit on the spot.
intractable, irritable, hostile