inveigh

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verb in·veigh \in-ˈvā\

Definition of inveigh

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to protest or complain bitterly or vehemently :  rail

inveigher

noun

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Examples of inveigh in a Sentence

  1. always inveighing against the high property taxes that they were forced to pay

Did You Know?

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," "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."

Origin and Etymology of inveigh

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


First Known Use: 1529





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