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  1. a scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; diatribe.
  2. a long, passionate, and vehement speech, especially one delivered before a public gathering.
  3. any long, pompous speech or writing of a tediously hortatory or didactic nature; sermonizing lecture or discourse.
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verb (used with object), ha·rangued, ha·rangu·ing.
  1. to address in a harangue.
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verb (used without object), ha·rangued, ha·rangu·ing.
  1. 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
Related formsun·ha·rangued, adjective
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  1. to address (a person or crowd) in an angry, vehement, or forcefully persuasive way
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  1. a loud, forceful, or angry speech
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Derived Formsharanguer, noun

Word Origin

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 harangued



1650s, from French haranguer, from Middle French harangue (see harangue (n.)). Related: Harangued; haranguing.

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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."

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