harangue

noun
ha·rangue | \ hə-ˈraŋ \

Definition of harangue 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a speech addressed to a public assembly listening to his capacious harangue and its immaculate delivery —Sir Winston Churchill

2 : a ranting speech or writing emotional and frequently violent harangues —K. E. Read the long, tiresome harangue so characteristic of … books on the subject —J. H. Donnelly

3 : lecture gave me a harangue on the subject of my poor grades

harangue

verb
harangued; haranguing

Definition of harangue (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a harangue (see harangue entry 1) : declaim poets … and philosophers recited their works, and harangued for diversion —Tobias Smollett

transitive verb

: to address in a harangue haranguing me … on the folly of my ways —Jay Jacobs

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Other words from harangue

Verb

haranguer noun

Synonyms for harangue

Synonyms: Noun

diatribe, jeremiad, philippic, rant, tirade

Synonyms: Verb

declaim, discourse, mouth (off), orate

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Noun

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.

Examples of harangue in a Sentence

Noun

He delivered a long harangue about the evils of popular culture. launched into a long harangue about poor customer service without realizing that I wasn't even an employee!

Verb

He harangued us for hours about the evils of popular culture. the eminent professor harangued for three hours on his favorite subject, the clash of East and West
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Democrats and centrist Republicans from swing districts say the GOP could suffer because the party, steered by Trump's anti-immigrant harangues, could be alienating pivotal moderate voters. Alan Fram And Lisa Mascaro, chicagotribune.com, "Far-reaching Republican immigration bill careening toward likely House rejection," 27 June 2018 Democrats and centrist Republicans from swing districts say the GOP could suffer because the party, steered by Trump’s anti-immigrant harangues, could be alienating pivotal moderate voters. Alan Fram And Lisa Mascaro, BostonGlobe.com, "House rejects Republican immigration bill, ignoring Trump," 27 June 2018 Photo: Charles Pertwee/Bloomberg NEWS On a recent Wednesday, Mr. Rafizi rolled in to Tangkak, a dusty market town south of the capital, Kuala Lumpur, and launched into an hour-long harangue about Mr. Najib’s leadership. James Hookway, WSJ, "Malaysia Elections: Opposition Seeks to Slay Goliath With Smarter Campaigning," 7 May 2018 Trump's insistence that his harangues over paltry defense spendings by NATO's European members have already paid off has some justification. Karen Deyoung, Anchorage Daily News, "In Trump, some see the end of the world order," 8 June 2018 After a few days of Trump’s harangues, the Mexican government stepped in. Dara Lind, Vox, "The migrant caravan has finally arrived at the border. So has the crackdown.," 30 Apr. 2018 Interesting candidates Lindsey harps and harangues about the importance of depth. Don Norcross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Toreros work on depleted offensive line," 17 Mar. 2018 Let’s set aside complaints about women’s physical voices — such as the prevalence of uptalk or vocal fry — as that’s a harangue for another time. Kory Stamper, The Cut, "The 300-Year History of Using ‘Literally’ Figuratively," 29 Jan. 2018 Breitbart, The Daily Caller, and plenty of other conservative outlets used Aslan’s tweet to harangue CNN as a bastion of dithering liberal bias. At first, Aslan had no intention of apologizing. Nick Bilton, The Hive, "Reza Aslan Describes His Gory, Trump-Fueled Divorce from CNN," 1 Dec. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Caught on video: Man harangues woman in park for wearing Puerto Rico shirt; police officer does little to help Connor eventually approaches Trybus shortly before other officers arrive and intervene. USA TODAY, "Police officer resigns, suspect charged with hate crime after woman wearing Puerto Rico shirt harassed," 12 July 2018 Authorities in Illinois are investigating an incident caught on video in which a white man harangued a Latino woman who was wearing a shirt displaying the Puerto Rican flag at a local park. Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "Caught on video: Man harangues woman in park for wearing Puerto Rico shirt; police officer does little to help," 10 July 2018 President Trump had shown up late, suggested Russia rejoin the alliance over his allies’ objections, harangued leaders over supposedly unfair trade practices, and generally acted as a one-man diplomatic wrecking ball. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump vs. the West," 10 June 2018 Remember, Jordan punched at least two teammates – Steve Kerr and Will Perdue – and harangued Bill Cartwright. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Michael Jordan or LeBron James: Which one is the Greatest of All Time?," 13 May 2018 Emmett said that as much as residents harangue him to include funds for the reservoirs in the bond, the federal government, and not Harris County owns and operates Addicks and Barker. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Judge Emmett details Harris County flood bond, announces community meetings," 30 May 2018 As Trump harangued Nielsen for more than 30 minutes in front of the Cabinet this month, other aides grimaced and fidgeted. Josh Dawsey, courant.com, "'We're closed!': Trump directs his anger over immigration at Homeland Security secretary," 25 May 2018 As Trump harangued Nielsen for more than 30 minutes in front of the Cabinet this month, other aides grimaced and fidgeted. Author: Josh Dawsey, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "‘We’re closed!’: Trump directs his anger over immigration at Homeland Security secretary," 25 May 2018 As Trump harangued Nielsen for more than 30 minutes in front of the Cabinet this month, other aides grimaced and fidgeted. Josh Dawsey And Nick Miroff, BostonGlobe.com, "‘We’re closed!’: Trump directs his anger over immigration at Homeland Security secretary," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of harangue

Noun

circa 1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1640, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for harangue

Noun

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

Verb

see harangue entry 1

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The first known use of harangue was circa 1533

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harangue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of harangue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a forceful or angry speech

harangue

verb

English Language Learners Definition of harangue (Entry 2 of 2)

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

harangue

noun
ha·rangue | \ hə-ˈraŋ \

Kids Definition of harangue

: a scolding speech or writing

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