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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
1530-1540
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
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Examples from the web for harangued
  • 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.
  • He did not respond when the judge harangued him, would look at none of the evidence against him, and pretended to go to sleep.
  • He harangued his musicians, got them in line and started out on a parade of his own.
British Dictionary definitions for harangued

harangue

/həˈræŋ/
verb
1.
to address (a person or crowd) in an angry, vehement, or forcefully persuasive way
noun
2.
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 harangued

harangue

n.

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."

v.

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

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