in·​veigh in-ˈvā How to pronounce inveigh (audio)
inveighed; inveighing; inveighs

intransitive verb

: to protest or complain bitterly or vehemently : rail
inveigher noun

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You might complain or grumble about some wrong you see, or, for a stronger effect, you can inveigh against it. Inveigh comes from the Latin verb invehere, which joins the prefix in- with the verb vehere, meaning "to carry." Invehere literally means "to carry in," and when inveigh first appeared in English, it was also used to mean "to carry in" or "to introduce." Extended meanings of invehere, however, are "to force one's way into," "to attack," and "to assail with words," and that's where the current sense of inveigh comes from. A closely related word is invective, which means "insulting or abusive language." This word, too, ultimately comes from invehere.

Example Sentences

always inveighing against the high property taxes that they were forced to pay
Recent Examples on the Web Surgeon General Everett Koop issued a 1982 report showing that 30 percent of all cancer deaths were attributable to smoking, and used his bully pulpit to inveigh against the hazards of secondhand smoke. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 Last weekend, Donald Trump held a rally in Ohio, in large part to inveigh against a congressman: Anthony Gonzalez, a Republican. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 1 July 2021 The president only did what so many previous European and American leaders have done, draping themselves in the mantle of culture to inveigh against an amorphous other. Kanishk Tharoor, The New Republic, 22 Feb. 2021 Democrats and the media will inveigh that if a vote has shown up, it should be counted. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 3 Nov. 2020 The attorney general went on, in his characteristically dry tone, to inveigh against attempts by American progressives to use the law to punish religious people for holding views that offend the latest liberal consensus. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 20 Nov. 2020 The Marxists who are so skillful in the detection and the isolation of heresies used to inveigh against one particular heresy that pleased me particularly. John Dos Passos, National Review, 28 Sep. 2020 Tens of thousands of women also marched through Paris, inveighing against the patriarchy. NBC News, 9 Mar. 2020 Tens of thousands of women also marched through Paris, inveighing against the patriarchy. NBC News, 9 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History


Latin invehi to attack, inveigh, passive of invehere to carry in, from in- + vehere to carry — more at way

First Known Use

1529, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inveigh was in 1529


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“Inveigh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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