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harangue

noun ha·rangue \ hə-ˈraŋ \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of harangue

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

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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!

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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


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harangue

verb

Definition of harangue

harangued; haranguing
intransitive verb
: to make a harangue (see 1harangue) : 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

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

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Origin and Etymology of harangue


HARANGUE Defined for English Language Learners

harangue

noun

Definition of harangue for English Language Learners

  • : a forceful or angry speech


harangue

verb

Definition of harangue for English Language Learners

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


HARANGUE Defined for Kids

harangue

noun ha·rangue \ hə-ˈraŋ \

Definition of harangue for Students

: a scolding speech or writing


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