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verb (used without object)
  1. to protest strongly or attack vehemently with words; rail (usually followed by against): to inveigh against isolationism.
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Origin of inveigh

1480–90; < Latin invehī to attack with words, equivalent to in- in-2 + vehī passive infinitive of vehere to ride, drive, sail (cf. wain)
Related formsin·veigh·er, nounun·in·veigh·ing, adjective


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  1. (intr foll by against) to speak with violent or invective language; rail
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Derived Formsinveigher, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin invehī, literally: to be carried in, hence, assail physically or verbally, from in- ² + vehī to be carried, ride
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Word Origin and History for inveigh


late 15c., "to introduce," from Latin invehi "to attack with words," originally "carry oneself against," passive infinitive of invehere "bring in, carry in," from in- "against" (see in- (1)) + vehere "to carry" (see vehicle). Meaning "to give vent to violent denunciation" is from 1520s. Related: Inveighed; inveighing.

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