inveigh

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v inveigh speak against in an impassioned manner "he declaimed against the wasteful ways of modern society"
    • v inveigh complain bitterly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Inveigh To declaim or rail (against some person or thing); to utter censorious and bitter language; to attack with harsh criticism or reproach, either spoken or written; to use invectives; -- with against; as, to inveigh against character, conduct, manners, customs, morals, a law, an abuse. "All men inveighed against him; all men, except court vassals, opposed him.""The artificial life against which we inveighed ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inveigh To make a verbal attack; utter or write vehement denunciation or rebuke; exclaim or rail against persons or things; rail: with against, formerly with at or on.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Inveigh in-vā′ to attack with words: to rail against: to revile.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. invehere, invectum, to carry or bring into or against, to attack with words, to inveigh; pref. in-, in + vehere, to carry. See Vehicle, and cf. Invective
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. invehĕre, invectumin, in, vehĕre, to carry.

Usage

In literature:

I am not inveighing against these things; they are necessary.
"On the Firing Line in Education" by Adoniram Judson Ladd
He had hitherto inveighed against Antony; now his anger is addressed to the Senate.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
The proposal to allow foreigners to own land was vigorously inveighed against.
"The Empire of the East" by H. B. Montgomery
He inveighs strongly against tea-drinking, which he says is the curse of these countries.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Gabrielle was inconsolable, and inveighed bitterly against Sully.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
Tolstoy had inveighed bitterly against all forms of artificial art.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
I'll bring it up to Mr. Yorke the first time he inveighs against those rights.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
It inveighs against its dissipation, and nevertheless at the same time cannot resist a certain kind of pleasure in it.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
The Doctor inveighed in very choice Irish.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
He was a man who had travelled, and he inveighed against the unfairness of Scottish procedure in the case of Cranstoun.
"James VI and the Gowrie Mystery" by Andrew Lang
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In poetry:

Of luxury and sloth beware —
Let not thy table be thy snare —
Lest Satan make thee go astray,
When full, and against God inveigh.
"Advice Concerning Eating And Drinking" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Morris County residents inveigh against JCP&L's Hurricane Irene communications.
The New York Times likes to inveigh against executive compensation practices on its editorial pages, and its newsroom has done tough work spotlighting the issue, too.
I believe that New Yorkers can now be divided fairly and squarely into two distinct groups: those who watch trash TV (the new intelligentsia), and those who don't and inveigh against it (the narrow-minded poo-poo heads).
Populists rail against "elite" institutions and figures, but they also inveigh against mediating civic institutions in general.
It looked like another Parade of Yahoos: Led by Senator Jesse Helms, the Senate Wednesday inveighed against "obscene or indecent" art.
Just as sermons inveighing against contraception have almost disappeared from Catholic pulpits, so too has preaching against divorce.
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