Meaning of diatribe in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdʌɪətrʌɪb/

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  • A forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something.

    ‘a diatribe against consumerism’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As we have stated in this column before, it is important that we foster a spirit of dialogue in the politics of this country, diatribes of invectives will not take Zambia anywhere.’
    • ‘His vitriolic diatribes were indeed difficult for those of us in attendance to stomach.’
    • ‘After questioning him, he launched into a diatribe of self-recrimination.’
    • ‘He frequently used such commonplace devices as rhetorical questions and other characteristic elements of diatribes.’
    • ‘She finished off her diatribe by condemning the previous day's protest by workers and farmers.’
    • ‘As political diatribes go, the messages criticizing the two county commissioners were pretty mild.’
    • ‘Yet, this middle section is a slog, frankly (reminiscent of the author's long-winded diatribes in his other books).’
    • ‘I do not personally know any of the recipients of your attacks, yet I seem to find myself in agreement with some who did bother to respond to your selfish and misguided diatribes.’
    • ‘As well as frequent mentions of Club Med, Platform contains a few diatribes against the Guide du Routard, France's backpacker alternative to the Michelin guides.’
    • ‘They lived in a commune, dressed in black and sang ferocious punk rock diatribes against society's values and institutions.’
    • ‘His last letter turned into another of his lengthy diatribes about Bradford Council, even though I don't believe I had referred to that body in my previous letter.’
    • ‘Certainly the right has built a vast information infrastructure, but a majority Americans are not falling for their diatribes.’
    • ‘Reading some of his anti-Liberal Party diatribes could make you think he's been following today's current sponsorship scandal.’
    • ‘Whether or not you agree with Blair's often irrational diatribes, he's arguably the most widely-read Australian blogger.’
    • ‘His diatribes preserve the syntax of logical argument but are devoid of sense, which I think is symptomatic of a form of mental illness.’
    tirade, harangue, verbal onslaught, verbal attack, stream of abuse, denunciation, broadside, fulmination, condemnation, criticism, stricture, reproof, reproval, reprimand, rebuke, admonishment, admonition
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Late 16th century (denoting a disquisition): from French, via Latin from Greek diatribē ‘spending of time, discourse’, from dia ‘through’ + tribein ‘rub’.