Diatribe Di"a*tribe (?; 277), n. [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.] A prolonged or exhaustive discussion; especially, an acrimonious or invective harangue; a strain of abusive or railing language; a philippic. [1913 Webster]

The ephemeral diatribe of a faction. --John Morley. [1913 Webster]

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  • diatribe — 1640s (in Latin form in English from 1580s), discourse, critical dissertation, from Fr. diatribe (15c.), from L. diatriba learned discussion, from Gk. diatribe employment, study, in Plato, discourse, lit. a wearing away (of time), from dia away… …   Etymology dictionary

  • diatribe — [dī′ə trīb΄] n. [Fr < L diatriba, learned discussion < Gr diatribē, a wearing away < diatribein < dia , through + tribein, to rub, akin to L terere, to rub: see THROW] a bitter, abusive criticism or denunciation …   English World dictionary

  • Diatrĭbe — (gr.), 1) Abhandlung; 2) tadelnde, schmähende Kritik über eine Schrift …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Diatrībe — (griech.), gelehrte oder schulmäßige Abhandlung, insbes. eine kritische Streitschrift …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Diatribe — Diatrībe (grch.), gelehrte Abhandlung, bes. literar. kritische Streitschrift …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Diatribe — Diatribe, griech., gelehrte Erörterung, kleine Abhandlung, besonders eine gelehrt thuende bittere Streit oder Schmähschrift. Bekannt ist die D., welche Voltaire unter dem Titel des Doktors Akakia, Leibarztes des Papstes, gegen Maupertuis losließ …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • diatribe — I noun abuse, abusive harangue, abusive language, accusation, act of berating, admonition, adverse comment, animadversion, backbiting, bitter harangue, bitter words, blame, carping, castigation, censure, chiding, complaining, condemnation,… …   Law dictionary

  • diatribe — DIATRIBE. s. fém. Dissertation. Il s emploie principalement dans le genre polémique, et désigne quelquefois Une critique amère et violente …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

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