[ huh-rang ]
/ həˈræŋ /


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

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


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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