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 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., "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. Jonathan Lemire And Catherine Lucey,, "What's in those seized records? Trump's biggest new worry," 16 Apr. 2018 Even so, Parscale would’ve found a sympathetic ear in the president, who has inveighed against Amazon and its deal with the Postal Service in recent weeks. Fortune, "Trump's Campaign Chief Pushes to Raise Amazon Shipping Rates," 14 Apr. 2018 These days, Ellis, 41, is more than just another clergyman inveighing against the dangers of drinking. Bill Turque, kansascity, "At 18th and Vine, a tiny church tries to stem the flow of alcohol | The Kansas City Star," 4 Apr. 2018 Steyer inveighed against the president before a crowd of about 100 people in a small room of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. Scott Wartman,, "Trump impeachment: Cincinnatians gather in Clifton for town hall," 16 Mar. 2018 There’s something to the accusation: Peterson inveighs against attempts to change the world as, essentially, a way for people to distract themselves from the much harder work of changing themselves. Park Macdougald, Daily Intelligencer, "Why They Listen to Jordan Peterson," 11 Feb. 2018 When not inveighing against Islam and immigrants, ultranationalist gadfly and former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon is working to revive the Committee on the Present Danger, a hawkish Soviet-era group now recast for a confrontation with China. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Hong Kong’s protests flare in the shadow of the U.S.-China rivalry," 29 July 2019

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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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