harangue

[huh-rang]
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

unharangued, adjective
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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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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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Example sentences
She is abducted at gunpoint, she is beaten, she is harangued by murderous
  ideologists.
They can be harangued by irate fans, booed on national television, and hanged
  in effigy.
These cops are hustled and harangued to give out more and more tickets.
The relatives may have had limited say: a lawyer claims officials harangued
  them for hours to agree to the pardon.
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