- 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 harangued
We busted into houses with shotguns, cleaned up decapitated bodies, harangued local authorities.Mosul's Civilization and Its Discontents
June 14, 2014
So he had demos made and touted them round the record companies; he pleaded and spieled and harangued.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers
February 9, 2014
Thence she harangued them for some moments, commanding them to allow the soldiers to depart.The Snare
And then to hear how he harangued the people and abused the aristocracy.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
Thus Hector harangued them; but the Trojans applauded aloud.
He harangued the Indians, and exhorted them to demolish the fort.
They drank my health, and I harangued them with immense applause.Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay
George Otto Trevelyan
- 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 harangued
1650s, from French haranguer, from Middle French harangue (see harangue (n.)). Related: Harangued; haranguing.
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."