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

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