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harangue

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noun ha·rangue \hə-ˈraŋ\

Simple Definition of harangue

  • : a forceful or angry speech

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

  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!>



Origin 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)

Full Definition of harangue

ha·ranguedha·rangu·ing

  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>

ha·rangu·er noun

Examples of harangue

  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



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