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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  The  ephemeral  diatribe  of  a  faction.  --John  Morley. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  diatribe 
  n  :  thunderous  verbal  attack  [syn:  {fulmination}] 




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