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[huh-rang] /həˈræŋ/
a scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; diatribe.
a long, passionate, and vehement speech, especially one delivered before a public gathering.
any long, pompous speech or writing of a tediously hortatory or didactic nature; sermonizing lecture or discourse.
verb (used with object), harangued, haranguing.
to address in a harangue.
verb (used without object), harangued, haranguing.
to deliver a harangue.
Origin of harangue
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 Unabridged
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  • Wherefore do not harangue, having kings in thy mouth, nor cast reproaches against them, nor be on the watch for a return.

  • The jury had listened to the buzzard's harangue, with their eyes, not with their ears.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • While they continued to harangue among themselves Daniel stealthily made his escape.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • Out in the night the yells had subsided since the Hadji's harangue, if not wholly because of it.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • The young men, who had begun to look exceedingly foolish during this harangue, suddenly broke into a chorus of laughter.

    The Girls of Hillcrest Farm Amy Bell Marlowe
  • Flanagan, standing in his stirrups, attempted to harangue the mob.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for harangue


to address (a person or crowd) in an angry, vehement, or forcefully persuasive way
a loud, forceful, or angry speech
Derived Forms
haranguer, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Old Italian aringa public speech, probably of Germanic origin; related to Medieval Latin harenga; see harry, ring1
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Word Origin and History for harangue

mid-15c., arang, Scottish (in English from c.1600), from Middle French harangue (14c.), from Italian aringo "public square, platform," from a Germanic source ultimately from or including Proto-Germanic *ring "circular gathering" (see ring (n.1)). Perhaps it is ultimately from Gothic *hriggs (pronounced "hrings"), with the first -a- inserted to ease Romanic pronunciation of Germanic hr- (cf. hamper (n.)). But Barnhart suggests a Germanic compound, hari-hring "circular gathering," literally "army-ring."


1650s, from French haranguer, from Middle French harangue (see harangue (n.)). Related: Harangued; haranguing.

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