• WordNet 3.6
    • n diatribe thunderous verbal attack
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Diatribe A prolonged or exhaustive discussion; especially, an acrimonious or invective harangue; a strain of abusive or railing language; a philippic. "The ephemeral diatribe of a faction."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n diatribe Same as diatribe
    • n diatribe A continued discourse or disputation.
    • n diatribe Specifically.
    • n diatribe A bitter and violent criticism; a strain of invective.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Diatribe dī′a-trīb a continued discourse or disputation: an invective harangue
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. diatribēdia, through, tribein, to rub, wear away.


In literature:

The French Revolution he had seen only as presented in Burke's brilliant vituperation and Scott's Tory diatribe.
"Oration on the Life and Character of Henry Winter Davis" by John A. J. Creswell
Scarcely a "peep" or "squeal" did we hear, and not a single diatribe against the authorities.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Erasmus's political diatribes were far too academic and too general for that.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
Hence, in the case of Valckenaer, we must derive the contradictions in his diatribe.
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
She could not account for Vivian's excited diatribe.
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
This bitter diatribe was published in the colonies, and was not forgotten in the strife of factions.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
Probably his sharp rebuff to Bonaparte's overture at the end of 1799, and his subsequent diatribes against him precluded such a step.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
She would hear no more of his insolent diatribes!
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Barclay had, however, no sympathy with the anti-clerical diatribes of John Skelton, whom he more than once attacks.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Probably no stupider thing was ever said or done than that by Wagner when he wrote a diatribe on the Jew in Art.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon

In news:

'Two and a Half Men' production proceeds after costar's diatribe.
I'll skip the diatribe about how the year in movies has been so far.
S plitting his time between Guerneville and Manhattan, acclaimed consultant Clark Wolf graces these pages with the occasional diatribe from the periodic local.
Gibson launched a shameful diatribe against Jews in 2006 during his DUI arrest and said Jews were to blame for all the wars in the world.
Having just read the front page story "Smithson Criticizes Council" (Nov. 2), I find I am not completely surprised at Mr Smithson's diatribe.
It was with resigned dismay that I read the latest anti-science diatribe by Goldberg regarding Silver's mathematical model for interpreting election polls.
The charges Gibson engaged in anti-Semitic rants and hate-filled diatribes are not new.
Jane Skrovota reads her antigay diatribe.
I've been wrong before, and I'll be wrong again, but I may never have been as wrong as I was when I initially predicted that Mitt Romney's heinous diatribe against 47 percent of America would have little direct impact on the election.
A powdery substance returned in the mail to a Mercer Island home last February was a potentially harmful insecticide and part of a series of threatening diatribes concerned with the portrayal of cheerleaders on TV.
Yesterday two prominent, right-wing talk show hosts launched into controversial anti-Newt diatribes, and both for very different reasons.
FIA president Jean Todt has said that Lewis Hamilton will escape any sanctions for his post-Monaco Grand Prix diatribe to British TV, after the McLaren driver wrote to apologize to the governing body for his comments.
David Siegel is the most recent one-percenter to unleash a public diatribe against the President.
It would then be impossible to excuse her irrational diatribe.
Your Oct 31 letters included a familiar diatribe against Republicans for their hypocritical opposition to abortion as “completely eliminating a woman's control of her own body.”.