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Dictionary Definition

diatribe n : thunderous verbal attack [syn: fulmination]

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  • /ˈdaɪ.əˌtɹaɪb/


First attested 1581, from diatriba#Latin < sc=Grek < sc=Grek + sc=Grek.


  1. An abusive, bitter denunciation.
  2. A prolonged discourse.
  3. A speech or writing which bitterly denounces something.
    The senator was prone to diatribes which could go on for more than an hour.



  • 1991 Bill Crow, Jazz Anecdotes
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  1. Plural of diatriba

Extensive Definition

Diatribe could refer to:
diatribe in German: Diatribe
diatribe in French: Diatribe
diatribe in Norwegian: Diatribe

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abuse, address, after-dinner speech, allocution, assailing, assault, attack, berating, bitter words, blackening, chalk talk, contumely, debate, declamation, eulogy, execration, exhortation, filibuster, forensic, forensic address, formal speech, funeral oration, harangue, hard words, hortatory address, inaugural, inaugural address, invective, jawing, jeremiad, onslaught, oration, pep talk, peroration, philippic, pitch, prepared speech, prepared text, public speech, rating, reading, recital, recitation, revilement, sales talk, salutatory, salutatory address, say, screed, set speech, speech, speechification, speeching, talk, talkathon, tirade, tongue-lashing, valediction, valedictory, valedictory address, vilification, vituperation
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