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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.

  1. 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.
  1. to address in a harangue.

verb (used without object),ha·rangued, ha·rangu·ing.
  1. to deliver a harangue.

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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Other words from harangue

  • un·ha·rangued, adjective

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How to use harangue in a sentence

  • A man mounted the Tindal statue and harangued the crowd, urging the people to rise and compel the Government to stop the war.

    The Invasion | William Le Queux
  • Sir Francis Levison harangued the mob from the Raven, but in a more ignoble manner.

    East Lynne | Mrs. Henry Wood
  • In Rowlandson's print a Methodistical congregation is being harangued by the pastor on the respective qualities of the candidates.

British Dictionary definitions for harangue


/ (həˈræŋ) /

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

  1. a loud, forceful, or angry speech

Origin of harangue

C15: from Old French, from Old Italian aringa public speech, probably of Germanic origin; related to Medieval Latin harenga; see harry, ring 1

Derived forms of harangue

  • haranguer, noun

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