Definition of diatribe in English:



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

    ‘a diatribe against the Roman Catholic Church’
    • ‘She finished off her diatribe by condemning the previous day's protest by workers and farmers.’
    • ‘Yet, this middle section is a slog, frankly (reminiscent of the author's long-winded diatribes in his other books).’
    • ‘He frequently used such commonplace devices as rhetorical questions and other characteristic elements of 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.’
    • ‘If Carlyle's criticism curdled into diatribes of denunciation, Comte's calcified into the dogmatism of a cult.’
    • ‘After questioning him, he launched into a diatribe of self-recrimination.’
    • ‘They lived in a commune, dressed in black and sang ferocious punk rock diatribes against society's values and institutions - not least Christianity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His vitriolic diatribes were indeed difficult for those of us in attendance to stomach.’
    • ‘Luther's vitriolic diatribes against the Jews are part of the history that leads to Kristallnacht.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Reading some of his anti-Liberal Party diatribes could make you think he's been following today's current sponsorship scandal.’
    • ‘His diatribes preserve the syntax of logical argument but are devoid of sense, which I think is symptomatic of a form of mental illness.’
    • ‘As political diatribes go, the messages criticizing the two county commissioners were pretty mild.’
    • ‘But this is not a bitter diatribe about the male obsession with sex.’
    • ‘The fact that Skinner's verbal diatribes are accompanied by minimum technological enhancement only add to their power.’
    • ‘Right-wing diatribes against the ‘liberal media’ often have an unpleasant whiff of whining.’
    • ‘Certainly the right has built a vast information infrastructure, but a majority Americans are not falling for their diatribes.’
    • ‘Whether or not you agree with Blair's often irrational diatribes, he's arguably the most widely-read Australian blogger.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.