Definition of diatribe in English:

diatribe

Syllabification: di·a·tribe
Pronunciation: /ˈdīəˌtrīb
 
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noun

A forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something: a diatribe against the Roman Catholic Church
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
tirade, harangue, onslaught, attack, polemic, denunciation, broadside, fulmination, condemnation, censure, criticism
informal blast
literary philippic

Origin

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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