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
Recent Examples of inveigh from the Web
On the campaign trail, for example, Trump repeatedly inveighed against intervening in Syria, where Assad's regime has used banned chemical weapons on its own citizens.
The remainder of the speech then inveighed against terrorists, called for action from Muslim leaders, and articulated some principles around which the United States intends to engage leaders in this effort.
There was this Sunday school instructor who once used his time before the class to inveigh against adultery.
After a career spent inveighing against government interference in his industry, and testing, protesting, and violating the laws and regulations the Labor Department helps to enforce, Puzder would have made an unlikely watchdog.
BERKELEY, Calif. — A vain politician runs for the presidency, short on specifics but long on bluster, inveighing against a religious minority and promising to make America prosperous again.
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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."
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