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), ha·rangued, ha·rangu·ing.

to address in a harangue.

verb (used without object), ha·rangued, ha·rangu·ing.

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 formsun·ha·rangued, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of harangue

Historical Examples of harangue

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

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • 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

  • Flanagan, standing in his stirrups, attempted to harangue the mob.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • It was impossible to take offence at the mock seriousness of Bobby's harangue.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • The girl 128 was leaning over, and the man evidently was delivering a harangue.

    The Coyote

    James Roberts

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 Formsharanguer, noun

Word Origin for harangue

C15: from Old French, from Old Italian aringa public speech, probably of Germanic origin; related to Medieval Latin harenga; see harry, ring 1
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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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