What does diatribe mean? Read below for the definition.

Quick vocab quiz for the word diatribe

First, before you read about the word diatribe, try this quick vocab quiz:

diatribe most nearly means

(A) shout
(B) giggle
(C) group
(D) rant
(E) whisper

Write your answer down, or just store it in that razor-sharp mind of yours. (If you can’t wait, the answer is below.)

Now let’s learn about the word diatribe.

Part of Speech of diatribe

diatribe is a NOUN.

Pronunciation diatribe

Here’s how to pronounce diatribe:

IPA: /ˈdaɪ.ə.traɪb/

Glossary-style: [DY-uh-tryb]

Definition of diatribe

diatribe means: an angry, abusive verbal attack (Ex: a diatribe on rampant crime).

Man yelling angrily
“I ordered animal style AND extra pickles. WHERE ARE MY EXTRA PICKLES?”
Explain more about diatribe, please

You know when someone yells or scream non-stop about something that he’s angry about? And just keeps yelling and yelling? That’s a diatribe.

A diatribe is a lot like a rant, and there’s a lot of overlap between the words diatribe and rant, but a rant can be simple, angry speech (i.e., it could include illogical, incoherent speech), whereas a diatribe connotes criticism.

Usage note: It’s common to use the phrase launch into a diatribe.

Example of diatribe

Here’s the word diatribe used in a sentence:

The candidate’s diatribe on the faults of his opponent only made him look worse in the eyes of the public.

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Answer to the quick vocab quiz

[spoiler]The best answer is (D) rant. Any questions? Please feel free to post them in the comments. We love comments. :)[/spoiler]

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