Origin of diatribeFrench from Classical Latin diatriba, learned discussion from Classical Greek diatrib?, a wearing away from diatribein from dia-, through + tribein, to rub, akin to Classical Latin terere, to rub: see throw
A child endures her mother's diatribe.
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 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 terə-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.
- The man's diatribe brought shame and embarrassment to his family.
- The presidential candidate made a diatribe against the opposing party, causing there to be even more anger between the parties.