harangue

[huh-rang] /həˈræŋ/
noun
1.
a scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; diatribe.
2.
a long, passionate, and vehement speech, especially one delivered before a public gathering.
3.
any long, pompous speech or writing of a tediously hortatory or didactic nature; sermonizing lecture or discourse.
verb (used with object), harangued, haranguing.
4.
to address in a harangue.
verb (used without object), harangued, haranguing.
5.
to deliver a harangue.
Origin
1530–40; (noun) < Middle French harangue < Italian ar(r)inga speech, oration, noun derivative of ar(r)ingare to speak in public, verbal derivative of aringo public square < Gothic *hriggs ring1; (v.) < Middle French haranguer < Italian ar(r)ingare
Related forms
unharangued, adjective
Example Sentences for harangue
Her sermonizing about being a messiah for society's outcasts turned into a harangue about her own slightly delayed superstardom.
Despite such practical counsel, the book reads as a neoconservative harangue against a liberal media elite.
But there were months when bills were high, and I would harangue him about his long-distance calls.
He complied with my request and made a lengthy harangue to his village.
These people are not there to harangue the government about export control.
British Dictionary definitions for harangue
harangue (həˈræŋ)
 
vb
1.  to address (a person or crowd) in an angry, vehement, or forcefully persuasive way
 
n
2.  a loud, forceful, or angry speech
 
[C15: from Old French, from Old Italian aringa public speech, probably of Germanic origin; related to Medieval Latin harenga; see harry, ring1]
 
ha'ranguer
 
n

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Word Origin and History for harangue
harangue
c.1450, Scottish arang (in Eng. from c.1600), from M.Fr. harangue, from It. aringo "public square, platform," from Goth. *hriggs (pronounced "hrings"), from P.Gmc. *ring "circular gathering." The first -a- inserted to ease Romance pronunciation of Gmc. hr- (cf. hamper (n.)).
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