inveigh

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

Definition of inveigh

intransitive verb

: to protest or complain bitterly or vehemently : rail

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Other Words from inveigh

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," "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."

Examples of inveigh in a Sentence

always inveighing against the high property taxes that they were forced to pay
Recent Examples on the Web Tens of thousands of women also marched through Paris, inveighing against the patriarchy. NBC News, "Women fill streets of world's cities with call for justice," 9 Mar. 2020 Tens of thousands of women also marched through Paris, inveighing against the patriarchy. NBC News, "Women fill streets of world's cities with call for justice," 9 Mar. 2020 Only after the state’s Congressional delegation unanimously inveighed against that stance did Brown commit to reversing it. oregonlive, "Coronavirus tested Gov. Kate Brown’s leadership. So far, Oregonians approve," 25 Apr. 2020 In his remarks, Chinese President Xi Jinping reportedly inveighed against U.S. tariffs and trade barriers that have snarled the global supply chain and threaten to tip many countries into a recession. Washington Post, "In coronavirus clash with China, Trump chooses name-calling over leadership," 27 Mar. 2020 Tens of thousands of women also marched through Paris, inveighing against the patriarchy. NBC News, "Women fill streets of world's cities with call for justice," 9 Mar. 2020 Tens of thousands of women also marched through Paris, inveighing against the patriarchy. CBS News, "Protests and celebrations mark 2020 International Women's Day," 8 Mar. 2020 Lee and Paul, for instance, had inveighed against intervention in Syria and Libya during the Obama administration. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Ulterior Motives of the Anti-War Right," 10 Jan. 2020 Republicans, including the president, have been resurfacing Nadler's remarks inveighing against impeachment in 1998 now. Grace Segers, CBS News, "What to know about the House impeachment managers," 15 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of inveigh

1529, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inveigh

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

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The first known use of inveigh was in 1529

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14 Jun 2020

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“Inveigh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inveigh. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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