Vitriol vs Diatribe - What's the difference?

vitriol | diatribe |


As nouns the difference between vitriol and diatribe

is that vitriol is vitriol (sulfuric acid) while diatribe is an abusive, bitter, attack, or criticism: denunciation.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

vitriol

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • (dated) sulphuric acid and various metal sulphates
  • (by extension) bitterly abusive language
  • * 2012 November 2, Ken Belson, "[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/03/sports/new-york-city-marathon-will-not-be-held-sunday.html?hp&_r=0]," New York Times (retrieved 2 November 2012):
  • For days, online forums sparked with outrage against politicians and race organizers, a tone that turned to vitriol against runners, even from some shaming other runners for being selfish.

    Derived terms

    * vitriolic * oil of vitriol * blue vitriol * green vitriol * hurl vitriol * iron vitriol * white vitriol

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • to subject someone to bitter verbal abuse
  • diatribe

    English

    Noun

    (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.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * diatribal

    Quotations

    {{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.}} ----