Definition of diatribe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʌɪətrʌɪb/


A forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something: a diatribe against consumerism
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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, verbal onslaught, verbal attack, stream of abuse, denunciation, broadside, fulmination, condemnation, criticism, stricture, reproof, reproval, reprimand, rebuke, admonishment, admonition;
invective, upbraiding, vituperation, abuse, castigation
informal tongue-lashing, knocking, slamming, panning, bashing, blast, flak
British informal slating
rare philippic, obloquy


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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