Diatribe Definition

dīə-trīb
diatribes
noun
diatribes
A bitter, abusive criticism or denunciation.
Webster's New World
A prolonged discourse.
Wiktionary
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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Singular:
diatribe
Plural:
diatribes

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

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