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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)
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My dear Miss Lucy, during our political diatribes we have taken a wrong turning.
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.
But first I must say that his terrible diatribe had not touched them.
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.
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.
Across from it stood two wall-mounted lecterns carrying short texts that mimicked and twisted the utopian language of campaign rhetoric into dystopian diatribes.
The 100s came under attack this summer by a local rag that "penetrated" an organizational meeting and issued multiple diatribes against "exclusionary" policies.
During a 1976 union drive at Duke, Wheaton reports, "Warring Communist groups began to leaflet Duke workers with single-spaced legal-sized diatribes criticizing each other's political line.
Another key to the success of ``Knuckle Down'' is DiFranco's focus on personal, universal narratives, as opposed to ones with a political slant that veer too often into diatribes.