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harangue

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noun ha·rangue \hə-ˈraŋ\

Simple Definition of harangue

  • : a forceful or angry speech

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of harangue

  1. 1 :  a speech addressed to a public assembly

  2. 2 :  a ranting speech or writing

  3. 3 :  lecture

Examples of harangue in a sentence

  1. He delivered a long harangue about the evils of popular culture.

  2. <launched into a long harangue about poor customer service without realizing that I wasn't even an employee!>



Did You Know?

In Old Italian, the noun "aringo" referred to a public assembly, the verb aringare meant "to speak in public," and the noun "aringa" referred to a public speech. "Aringa" was borrowed into Middle French as arenge, and it is from this form that we get our noun "harangue," which made its first appearance in English in the 16th century. Perhaps due to the bombastic or exasperated nature of some public speeches, the term quickly developed an added sense referring to a speech or writing in the style of a rant (though the word rant is not etymologically related). There is also a verb "harangue," which refers to the act of making such a speech.

Origin and Etymology of harangue

Middle French arenge, from Old Italian aringa, from aringare to speak in public, from aringo public assembly, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German hring ring


First Known Use: circa 1533


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harangue

verb ha·rangue

Simple Definition of harangue

  • : to speak to (someone) in a forceful or angry way : to deliver a harangue to (someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of harangue

harangued

haranguing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make a harangue :  declaim

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to address in a harangue <haranguing me … on the folly of my ways — Jay Jacobs>

haranguer

noun

Examples of harangue in a sentence

  1. He harangued us for hours about the evils of popular culture.

  2. <the eminent professor harangued for three hours on his favorite subject, the clash of East and West>



1640

First Known Use of harangue

1640


HARANGUE Defined for Kids

harangue

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noun ha·rangue \hə-ˈraŋ\

Definition of harangue for Students

  1. :  a scolding speech or writing





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