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 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 Only after the state’s Congressional delegation unanimously inveighed against that stance did Brown commit to reversing it. oregonlive, 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, 27 Mar. 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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“Inveigh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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