First attested 1581, borrowed from French diatribe, from Latin diatriba (“learned discussion or discourse”), from Ancient Greek διατριβή (diatribḗ, “way of spending time, lecture”), from διά (diá, “through”) + τρίβω (tríbō, “I waste, wear out”)
diatribe (plural diatribes)
- 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.
- See also Thesaurus:diatribe
diatribe f (plural diatribes)
- diatribe (abusive, bitter discourse)
- “diatribe” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).