Definition of diatribe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdīəˌtrīb/


A forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something: a diatribe against the Roman Catholic Church
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  • But this is not a bitter diatribe about the male obsession with sex.
  • If Carlyle's criticism curdled into diatribes of denunciation, Comte's calcified into the dogmatism of a cult.
  • The fact that Skinner's verbal diatribes are accompanied by minimum technological enhancement only add to their power.
tirade, harangue, onslaught, attack, polemic, denunciation, broadside, fulmination, condemnation, censure, criticism
informal blast
literary philippic


Late 16th century (denoting a disquisition): from French, via Latin from Greek diatribē 'spending of time, discourse', from dia 'through' + tribein 'rub'.

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Syllabification: di·a·tribe

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