What does the word diatribe mean?

Usage examples for diatribe

  1. Aileen could not help smiling at this diatribe on " the times." – Flamsted quarries by Mary E. Waller
  2. Nor does she consider how perfection is to be achieved in taste, preferring to conclude with a diatribe in the manner of Rousseau on the depravity of the times and the corrupting effect of the arts. – An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Taste, and of the Origin of our Ideas of Beauty, etc. by Frances Reynolds
  3. But I am not giving a diatribe on American life, so will not pursue the matter farther. – On the Firing Line in Education by Adoniram Judson Ladd