- A forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something: a diatribe against consumerismMore example sentences
tirade, harangue, verbal onslaught, verbal attack, stream of abuse, denunciation, broadside, fulmination, condemnation, criticism, stricture, reproof, reproval, reprimand, rebuke, admonishment, admonition; invective, upbraiding, vituperation, abuse, castigationBritish • informal slating
- 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.
late 16th century (denoting a disquisition): from French, via Latin from Greek diatribē 'spending of time, discourse', from dia 'through' + tribein 'rub'.