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Definitions for diatribe
ˈdaɪ əˌtraɪbdi·a·tribe

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fulmination, diatribenoun

    thunderous verbal attack


  1. diatribenoun

    An abusive, bitter denunciation.

  2. diatribenoun

    A prolonged discourse.

  3. diatribenoun

    A speech or writing which bitterly denounces something.

    The senator was prone to diatribes which could go on for more than an hour.

  4. Etymology: First attested 1581, from diatriba, from διατριβή, from διά + τρίβω


  1. Diatribe

    A diatribe (from the Greek διατριβή), also known less formally as rant, is a lengthy oration, though often reduced to writing, made in criticism of someone or something, often employing humor, sarcasm, and appeals to emotion.


  1. diatribe

    A diatribe is a forceful and bitter verbal or written attack or criticism against someone or something. It usually involves an extended and generally aggressive speech or piece of writing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diatribenoun

    a prolonged or exhaustive discussion; especially, an acrimonious or invective harangue; a strain of abusive or railing language; a philippic

  2. Etymology: [L. diatriba a learned discussion, Gr. , prop., a wearing away of time, fr. to rub away, spend time; dia` through + to rub: cf. L. terere, F. trite: cf. F. diatribe.]


  1. Diatribe

    Diatribe is a weekly column by Greek-Australian journalist, poet and lawyer Dean Kalimniou appearing in the Melbourne Greek language newspaper Neos Kosmos since 2001. The column deals generally with issues pertaining to the Greek community in Australia, and it is widely read internationally.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Diatribe

    dī′a-trīb, n. a continued discourse or disputation: an invective harangue.—n. Dī′atrībist, a writer or utterer of such. [Gr. diatribēdia, through, tribein, to rub, wear away.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of diatribe in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of diatribe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of diatribe in a Sentence

  1. Larry Wall in Configure from the perl distribution:

    [End of diatribe. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming...]

  2. Chuck Schumer:

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday was insulting, particularly to the speaker. Speaker Pelosi kept Speaker Pelosi cool completely, but President Donald Trump on Wednesday called Speaker Pelosi a third-rate politician, this was not a dialogue, it was sort of a diatribe. A nasty diatribe, not focused on the facts.

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