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Jill had listened to this diatribe with a certain uneasiness.

Aileen could not help smiling at this diatribe on "the times."

Oh, whats the use, said Tom at length, interrupting a diatribe.

This diatribe he concluded thus: ‘You know we owe England nothing.’

In the midst of the diatribe I stroll across to the aquarium.

The other's voice was meekly plaintive as he awaited a renewal of the diatribe.

The seora's tongue wagged on in a diatribe of accusation and pity.

Seyd concluded a diatribe on the Mexican mozo in general while they were dressing.

Renard did not notice my silence, however, but continued his diatribe.

The Diatribe, however, is not all mere laughter; there is a real criticism in it, too.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s (in Latin form in English from 1580s), "discourse, critical dissertation," from French diatribe (15c.), from Latin diatriba "learned discussion," from Greek diatribe "employment, study," in Plato, "discourse," literally "a wearing away (of time)," from dia- "away" (see dia-) + tribein "to wear, rub," from PIE root *ter- "to rub, turn, twist" (see throw). Sense of "invective" is 1804, apparently from French.

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