Diatribe vs Denounce - What's the difference?

diatribe | denounce |

As a noun diatribe

is an abusive, bitter, attack, or criticism: denunciation.

As a verb denounce is

(obsolete) to make known in a formal manner; to proclaim; to announce; to declare.




(en noun)
  • An abusive, bitter, attack, or criticism: denunciation.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1913, author=
  • , title=Lord Stranleigh Abroad , chapter=4 citation , passage=“… No rogue e’er felt the halter draw, with a good opinion of the law, and perhaps my own detestation of the law arises from my having frequently broken it. If this long diatribe bores you, just say so, and I’ll cut it short.”}}
  • A prolonged discourse.
  • A speech or writing which bitterly denounces something.
  • The senator was prone to diatribes which could go on for more than an hour.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * diatribal


    {{quote-book, year=1991 , author=Bill Crow , title=Jazz Anecdotes citation , isbn=9780195071337 , publisher=Oxford University Press , page=316 , passage=You know, it’s all this racial diatribe , and very strong language, screaming at the top of his lungs into the telephone.}} ----




  • (obsolete) To make known in a formal manner; to proclaim; to announce; to declare.
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  • Nero .
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  • To criticize or speak out against (someone or something); to point out as deserving of reprehension or punishment, etc.; to openly accuse or condemn in a threatening manner; to invoke censure upon; to stigmatize; to blame.
  • to denounce someone as a swindler, or as a coward
  • * 2013 May 23, (Sarah Lyall), " British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013):
  • Mr. Cameron had a respite Thursday from the negative chatter swirling around him when he appeared outside 10 Downing Street to denounce the murder a day before of a British soldier on a London street.
  • To make a formal or public accusation against; to inform against; to accuse.
  • to denounce a confederate in crime
    to denounce someone to the authorities
  • (obsolete) To proclaim in a threatening manner; to threaten by some outward sign or expression; make a menace of.
  • to denounce''' war; to '''denounce punishment
  • To announce the termination of; especially a treaty or armistice.
  • Synonyms

    * attack, charge, condemn, criticize, damn, decry, discredit, inveigh against, proscribe, report

    Derived terms

    * denouncement * denouncer

    See also

    * announce * enounce * pronounce * renounce


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