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)
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Silverstein found vent in a diatribe against all prize-fighters and against Joe Fleming in particular.
Genevieve was aware only of the diatribe; she knew a flood of abuse was pouring from the lips of the Jewess, but she was too stunned to hear the details of the abuse.
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.
But first I must say that his terrible diatribe had not touched them.
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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.
But I hear there are pressing reasons for our friend Lawrence's diatribe:--typewriter this time, I understand.
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.
He said that his diatribe was full of frustration and contradictions.
As early as April, Lin wrote a two-page diatribe accusing Chen of "publishing statements that destroy cross-strait harmony." He even stood outside Chen's gym and took photos of himself holding up the diatribe and threatened to "step on your [Chen's] dead body."