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Monday, June 05, 2000


\huh-RANG\ , noun;
A speech addressed to a large public assembly.
A noisy or pompous speech; a rant.
transitive verb:
To deliver a harangue to; to address by a harangue.
intransitive verb:
To make a harangue; to declaim.
His emissaries, had attended the Priest's convocation of the people, and, without delaying to hear more than the main point of the harangue, hurried back with their intelligence to the rebel camp.
-- Wilkie Collins, Iolani: Or, Tahiti as It Was
Wont to harangue the citizenry in public speeches with such lines as "Remember! My father gave you freedom!" Mrs. Gandhi did not take lightly to government officers with an independent turn of mind.
-- Gita Mehta, Snakes and Ladders
Mostly, though, he functions as Exhibit A in the playwright's harangue against capitalist exploitation of the workingman.
-- Matthew Gurewitsch, "A Country of Lesser Giants", New York Times, April 4, 1999
And Alexander Lebed, a Siberian governor and presidential hopeful, seemed to typify the punchy, touchy national mood when he lost control recently in front of television cameras and harangued a local businessman with bleeped-out expletives.
-- Michael R. Gordon, "On Russia's Far-East Fringe, Unrealpolitik", New York Times, February 14, 1999
She was hardly anyone's idea of a good time, but at least she kept her hands to herself and showed him considerable amounts of affection, enough warmth of heart to counterbalance the periods when she nagged him and harangued him and got on his nerves.
-- Paul Auster, Timbuktu
Harangue derives from Medieval French arenge, from Old Italian aringa, from aringare, "to speak in public," from aringo, "a public place for horse racing and popular assemblies," ultimately of Germanic origin.
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