Diatribe meaning

dīə-trīb
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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.

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A prolonged discourse.
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A bitter, abusive denunciation.
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A speech or writing which bitterly denounces something.

The senator was prone to diatribes which could go on for more than an hour.

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A bitter, abusive criticism or denunciation.
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An abusive, bitter, attack, or criticism: denunciation.
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Origin of diatribe

  • Latin diatriba learned discourse from Greek diatribē pastime, lecture from diatrībein to consume, wear away dia- intensive pref. dia– trībein to rub terə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested 1581, from French diatribe, from Latin diatriba (“learned discussion or discourse”), from Ancient Greek διατριβή (diatribē, “way of spending time, lecture”), from διά (dia, “through”) + τρίβω (tribō, “I waste, wear out”)

    From Wiktionary