First attested 1581, from Latin diatriba (learned discussion or discourse) < Greek Î´Î¹Î±ÏÏÎ¹Î²Î® (waste of time, pastime) < Î´Î¹Î±- (away) + ÏÏÎ¯Î²ÎµÎ¹Î½ (to wear or rub).
- An abusive, bitter denunciation.
- A prolonged discourse.
- A speech or writing which bitterly denounces something.
#:The senator was prone to diatribes which could go on for more than an hour.
Italian: diatriba f (1,2)
1991 Bill Crow, Jazz Anecdotes
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