Diatribe vs Vitriolic - What's the difference?

diatribe | vitriolic |

As a noun diatribe

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

As an adjective vitriolic is

of, derived from, or similar to a vitriol.




(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.}} ----




    (en adjective)
  • of, derived from, or similar to a vitriol
  • bitterly scathing; caustic: vitriolic criticism
  • (chemistry): Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from, or resembling, vitriol; vitriolous; as, a vitriolic taste.
  • See also

    * Vitriolic acid * sulphuric acid * vitriol