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Friday, September 12, 2003

Definitions for inveigh

  1. To rail (against some person or thing); to protest strongly or attack with harsh and bitter language -- usually with "against"; as, "to inveigh against character, conduct, manners, customs, morals, a law, an abuse."

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Citations for inveigh
It is my intention to inveigh against what seems to be the gradual (continuing?) publishing practice of making books that are so fat and windy that they sit, with some exceptions, like hefty neglected lumps on the shelves waiting for the first clever marketer to include a backpack with their purchase. Martin Arnold, New York Times
He saved it for his preaching, when he inveighed against sin and the devil. Rubem Fonseca, Vast Emotions and Imperfect Thoughts (translated by Clifford E. Landers)
Origin of inveigh
Inveigh is from Latin invehi, "to attack with words," passive form of invehere, "to carry or bring into or against," from in-, "in, into" + vehere, "to carry."