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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: diatriba, from Greek diatribe 'enjoyable activity, speech', from diatribein 'to pass time'

diatribe

noun
     
di‧a‧tribe [countable] formal
a long speech or piece of writing that criticizes someone or something very severely
diatribe against
a diatribe against contemporary American civilization

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