a bitter or violent criticism or attack; denunciation
[C16: from Latin diatriba learned debate, from Greek diatribē discourse, pastime, from diatribein to while away, from dia- + tribein to rub]
- (humorous) Slightly risqué or indecent; bizarre, interesting, or unusual.
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v. -tled, -tling,
1. to talk in a childish or simple-minded way; chatter or babble; prate.
2. to utter by chattering or babbling.
3. the act of prattling.
4. chatter; babble.
[1525–35; < Middle Low German pratelen to chatter, frequentative
(ˌtrɛp ɪˈdeɪ ʃən)
1. tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
2. a trembling or quivering movement.
[1595–1605; < Latin trepidātiō, derivative of trepidā(re) to be apprehensive, panic]