V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: bitter or abusive speech or writing

Synonyms: harangue, invective, criticism, abuse, castigation, tirade, vituperation, rant

Antonyms: praise, exultation

Tips: A diatribe is bitter or abusive speech, but it also carries the connotation of an outpouring of such speech--a rant against something or someone. A diatribe is both an invective (criticism, insult) and a rant (loud speech).

Usage Examples:

Jim's manager wasn't impressed by his diatribe on good management technique. (rant, tirade)

The columnist's diatribe against the misuse of apostrophes was applauded by many professors of English. (harangue, rant)

Her bitter letter was a diatribe against every negative thing her, now, ex-friend had ever done to her. (invective, tirade)

The customer's diatribe against the falling standards of customer service in the store left the store manager dumbfounded. (tirade, rant)

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