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[dahy-uh-trahyb] /ˈdaɪ əˌtraɪb/
a bitter, sharply abusive denunciation, attack, or criticism:
repeated diatribes against the senator.
1575-85; < Latin diatriba < Greek diatribḗ pastime, study, discourse, derivative of diatríbein to rub away (dia- dia- + tríbein to rub)
tirade, harangue. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for diatribes
  • Endless histrionics polemics and diatribes get in the way of the work that must be done.
  • Plenty of libel cases have proceeded against the students that write late night diatribes in campus papers.
  • His diatribes against modern science can make you wonder how he has managed to gain so much influence.
  • These kinds of politically correct pretentious diatribes against behavioral genetics float up every several months.
  • They all choose to go forward with their own understandings and not my forceful but ineffective diatribes.
  • The unchanging vehemence of official diatribes suggests no governmental wish to be either more or less friendly.
  • It is past time to move beyond emotional diatribes and try dialog for a change.
  • The angry diatribes against the lawyers are mostly ill-informed and ill-advised.
  • In my view, the root of people's diatribes against executives' pay is mostly about inequality.
  • Shriver's prose is frank and often beautiful, which renders her frequent diatribes more nuanced and persuasive.
British Dictionary definitions for diatribes


a bitter or violent criticism or attack; denunciation
Word Origin
C16: from Latin diatriba learned debate, from Greek diatribē discourse, pastime, from diatribein to while away, from dia- + tribein to rub
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Word Origin and History for diatribes



1640s (in Latin form in English from 1580s), "discourse, critical dissertation," from French diatribe (15c.), from Latin diatriba "learned discussion," from Greek diatribe "employment, study," in Plato, "discourse," literally "a wearing away (of time)," from dia- "away" (see dia-) + tribein "to wear, rub," from PIE root *ter- "to rub, turn, twist" (see throw). Sense of "invective" is 1804, apparently from French.

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