Geraldine believed that it was her civic duty to protest some new construction, so she wrote a diatribe in her long and angry letter to the editor of the local paper. Her strong disapproval of the land development caught everyone’s attention—such a fierce diatribe or written criticism surprised even the editor himself. Geraldine’s furious letter of protest or diatribe against excessive development influenced many other locals in the area, who filed complaints as well.
Quiz: What is a diatribe?
- A speech or piece of writing that attacks an idea or activity.
- A complaint that conveys anger in a short burst—and then quickly becomes apologetic.
- A letter to an editor that examines an important and somewhat heated local issue.