inveigh

verb
in·​veigh | \in-ˈvā \
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

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The president also inveighed further against former FBI Director James Comey, who said Monday morning that Trump was morally unfit to be president. BostonGlobe.com, "Anxiety grows for Trump after raid on his personal lawyer," 17 Apr. 2018 The president also inveighed further against former FBI Director James Comey, who said Monday morning that Trump was morally unfit to be president. BostonGlobe.com, "Anxiety grows for Trump after raid on his personal lawyer," 17 Apr. 2018 The president also inveighed further against former FBI Director James Comey, who said Monday morning that Trump was morally unfit to be president. BostonGlobe.com, "Anxiety grows for Trump after raid on his personal lawyer," 17 Apr. 2018 Yet the chamber gave him a bully pulpit from which to inveigh against the ills plaguing the nation. Time, "Robert F. Kennedy Was Killed While Campaigning for President. Here's What Drove Him to Run," 5 June 2018 In the Civil War era the magazine frequently inveighed against the nation’s peculiar institution and all those who supported it, including the national representatives of the Democratic Party and, later, the Confederates. Annika Neklason, The Atlantic, "160 Years of the American Idea," 27 June 2018 The president also inveighed further against former FBI Director James Comey, who said Monday morning that Trump was morally unfit to be president. BostonGlobe.com, "Anxiety grows for Trump after raid on his personal lawyer," 17 Apr. 2018 The president also inveighed further against former FBI Director James Comey, who said Monday morning that Trump was morally unfit to be president. BostonGlobe.com, "Anxiety grows for Trump after raid on his personal lawyer," 17 Apr. 2018 The president also inveighed further against former FBI Director James Comey, who said Monday morning that Trump was morally unfit to be president. BostonGlobe.com, "Anxiety grows for Trump after raid on his personal lawyer," 17 Apr. 2018

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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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