- The definition of a diatribe is a harsh criticism.
An example of a diatribe is a father lecturing his son about how the son is not doing anything with his life.
A child endures her mother's diatribe.
a bitter, abusive criticism or denunciation
Origin of diatribeFrench ; from Classical Latin diatriba, learned discussion ; from Classical Greek diatribē, a wearing away ; from diatribein ; from dia-, through + tribein, to rub, akin to Classical Latin terere, to rub: see throw
A bitter, abusive denunciation.
Origin of diatribeLatin diatriba, learned discourse, from Greek diatribē, pastime, lecture, from diatrībein, to consume, wear away : dia-, intensive pref.; see dia– + trībein, to rub; see ter&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
- An abusive, bitter, attack, or criticism: denunciation.
- A prolonged discourse.
- A speech or writing which bitterly denounces something.
- The senator was prone to diatribes which could go on for more than an hour.