diatribe


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di·a·tribe

 (dī′ə-trīb′)
n.
A bitter, abusive denunciation.

[Latin diatriba, learned discourse, from Greek diatribē, pastime, lecture, from diatrībein, to consume, wear away : dia-, intensive pref.; see dia- + trībein, to rub; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]

diatribe

(ˈdaɪəˌtraɪb)
n
a bitter or violent criticism or attack; denunciation
[C16: from Latin diatriba learned debate, from Greek diatribē discourse, pastime, from diatribein to while away, from dia- + tribein to rub]

di•a•tribe

(ˈdaɪ əˌtraɪb)

n.
a bitter, abusive denunciation or criticism.
[1575–85; < Latin diatriba < Greek diatribḗ pastime, study, discourse, derivative of diatríbein to rub away (dia- dia- + tríbein to rub)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diatribe - thunderous verbal attack
denouncement, denunciation - a public act of denouncing

diatribe

diatribe

noun
A long, violent, or blustering speech, usually of censure or denunciation:
Translations

diatribe

[ˈdaɪətraɪb] Ndiatriba f (against contra)

diatribe

[ˈdaɪətraɪb] ndiatribe f

diatribe

nSchmährede f

diatribe

[ˈdaɪəˌtraɪb] n (frm) diatribe (against)diatriba (contro)
References in classic literature ?
The little diatribe with which you have just favored me is exactly the reply we should have expected to receive formally from Downing Street.
Judge Blount ably seconded him, and Martin, whose ears had pricked at the first mention of the philosopher's name, listened to the judge enunciate a grave and complacent diatribe against Spencer.
Silverstein found vent in a diatribe against all prize-fighters and against Joe Fleming in particular.
But first I must say that his terrible diatribe had not touched them.
I met men," he said, "who invoked the name of the Prince of Peace in their diatribes against war, and who put rifles in the hands of Pinkertons* with which to shoot down strikers in their own factories.
Saxon was white with anger, but while Sarah wandered on in her diatribe, Tom managed to wink privily and prodigiously at his sister and to implore her to help in keeping the peace.
Five minutes passed in that furious meditation, and then, taking the long pipe out of his mouth, he burst into a hot diatribe against Falk--against his cupidity, his stupidity (a fellow that can hardly be got to say "yes" or "no" to the simplest ques tion)--against his outrageous treatment of the shipping in port (because he saw they were at his mercy)--and against his manner of walking, which to his (Hermann's) mind showed a conceit positively unbearable.
My dear Miss Lucy, during our political diatribes we have taken a wrong turning.
Inflammatory verbal broadsides from the lips of the Hezbollah secretary-general are nothing new, but his latest diatribe against Saudi Arabia seemed aimed more toward local politics.
Ranting at a peer of the realm would surely be most unseemly, but a diatribe might just be acceptable, if perhaps a little uppity.
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In his latest diatribe against the Welsh language he states that the Irish are in danger of losing their fluency in English if they continue their now-compulsory Irish language policy (Letters, May 26).