Definition of inveigh
: to protest or complain bitterly or vehemently : rail
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Examples of inveigh in a sentence
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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