harangue


1ha·rangue

noun \hə-ˈraŋ\

: a forceful or angry speech

Full Definition of HARANGUE

1
:  a speech addressed to a public assembly
2
:  a ranting speech or writing
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

2harangue

verb

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

ha·ranguedha·rangu·ing

Full Definition of HARANGUE

intransitive verb
:  to make a harangue :  declaim
transitive verb
:  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>

First Known Use of HARANGUE

1640

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