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
- You know, it’s all this racial diatribe, and very strong language, screaming at the top of his lungs into the telephone.
- Aunt Petunia wasn’t eating anything at all. Her arms were folded, her lips were pursed, and she seemed to be chewing her tongue, as though biting back the furious diatribe she longed to throw at Harry.
diatribe f (plural diatribes)
- diatribe (abusive, bitter discourse)
- “diatribe” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).