- 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.
- to address in a harangue.
- to deliver a harangue.
Origin of harangue
Examples from the Web for harangue
Watch him unleash a magnificent, expletive-ridden rant—and be grateful for the Internet, where this harangue will live forever.11 More Epic Anchor Flubs (Video)
The Daily Beast Video
December 24, 2013
He used to harangue any of the young men in Homs not participating in protests, recalled Moutlak.A Syrian Rebel’s Firsthand Report on the Fighting and Bombing in Homs
February 28, 2012
The occasion was a gala dinner during which Pinter began to harangue some unfortunate guest for his political views.Antonia Fraser on Her Wild Marriage
November 8, 2010
I half-expected him to barnstorm out in riding boots and harangue us, Mussolini-style, underlit from a plinth.Obama Frees His Mojo
September 10, 2009
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
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
- to address (a person or crowd) in an angry, vehement, or forcefully persuasive way
- a loud, forceful, or angry speech
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.