[ huh-rang ]
/ həˈræŋ /
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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.



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Origin of harangue

First recorded in 1530–40; (noun) from Middle French harangue. from Italian ar(r)inga “speech, oration,” noun derivative of ar(r)ingare “to speak in public,” verbal derivative of aringo “public square,” from unattested Gothic hriggs “ring” (verb) from Middle French haranguer, from Italian ar(r)ingare;see ring1

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un·ha·rangued, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for harangue

/ (həˈræŋ) /


to address (a person or crowd) in an angry, vehement, or forcefully persuasive way


a loud, forceful, or angry speech

Derived forms of harangue

haranguer, 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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