harangue

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v harangue deliver a harangue to; address forcefully
    • n harangue a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Harangue hȧ*răng" A speech addressed to a large public assembly; a popular oration; a loud address to a multitude; in a bad sense, a noisy or pompous speech; declamation; ranting. "Gray-headed men and grave, with warriors mixed,
      Assemble, and harangues are heard."
    • v. t Harangue To address by an harangue.
    • v. i Harangue To make an harangue; to declaim.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n harangue A set oration; a public address; a formal, vehement, or passionate address; also, any formal or pompous speech; a declamation; a tirade.
    • n harangue Synonyms Address, Oration, etc. See speech.
    • harangue To address in a harangue; make a speech to: as, the general harangued the troops.
    • harangue To make a formal address or speech; deliver a harangue; declaim.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Harangue ha-rang′ a loud speech addressed to a multitude: a popular, pompous address
    • v.i Harangue to deliver a harangue
    • v.t Harangue to address by a harangue:—pr.p. haranguing (-rang′ing); pa.p. harangued (-rangd′)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. harangue,: cf. Sp. arenga, It. aringa,; lit., a speech before a multitude or on the hustings, It. aringo, arena, hustings, pulpit; all fr. OHG. hring, ring, anything round, ring of people, G. ring,. See Ring

Usage

In literature:

Such willing audience he unwillingly Harangues, but soon himself will come in sight.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
To avoid harangues and receptions he would often arrive unannounced through a little alley.
"Charles the Bold" by Ruth Putnam
He then harangued these on their various shortcomings.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
Let men declaim for a century, and if they have no real grievance their harangues will be empty sound and idle air.
"The Land-War In Ireland (1870)" by James Godkin
A little time later Herr Goldberg harangued his fellow socialists bitterly.
"The Goose Girl" by Harold MacGrath
In the evening, before the natives retired from our post, Taipa harangued them for some time.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 15 (of 18)" by Robert Kerr
I urged, somewhat anti-climatically after my impassioned harangue, its discomfort.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
His harangue had appeared ridiculous to me, but Madge seemed interested in his discourse.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
I was so dumbfounded by the harangue our pseudo-cleverness had released that I could scarcely speak.
"Twelve Men" by Theodore Dreiser
I listened to his harangue in mere civility at first, then with a certain eagerness.
"The Princess Passes" by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
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In poetry:

Clamped to couch, his fiery hearing sucked
Whispers that at heart made iron-clang:
Here fool-women clucked,
There men held harangue.
"King Harald's Trance" by George Meredith
"Men of Kioff!" thus courageous
Did the stout lord-mayor harangue them,
"Wherefore pay these sneaking wages
To the hectoring Russians? hang them!
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Jack and the Justice both were pleas'd,
Because they found themselves released.
Jack, perching on his master's hand,
The Cobler, at full length, harangued--
"The Jack Daw" by William Hutton
Waddle and friend, and daughter sat,
Sometimes in silence, sometimes chat.
He held harangue, and held his tea;
Blam'd naughty girls who disobey.
Whether his views and hers were one,
We'll not determine, but go on.
"A Tour To Scotland" by William Hutton
We'll now begin our short harangue
On this last case our tale shall hang.
Your pardon, should a slip be found;
We'll lightly tread, 'tis dangerous ground.
We'd rather not offend the ear
Of vulgar, or the chastest fair.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton
As Smith O'Brine harangued,
They batthered and they banged:
Tim Doolan's doors and windies down they tore;
They smashed the lovely windies
(Hung with muslin from the Indies),
Purshuing of their shindies upon Shannon shore.
"The Battle Of Limerick" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

FBI Director's Notes: More Evidence that Gonzales Lied About Haranguing "Feeble, Barely Articulate " Ashcroft.
An adroitly acted, crudely shot character study-cum-misogyny mudbath, Roger Dodger proudly flaunts its membership in a bizarre subgenre of recent American indie: the post-LaBute- brute harangue.
Recent political harangues give witness to the mess we are in.
LANSING, MI – State Sen Roger Kahn is facing allegations that he harangued a constituent who traveled to the Capitol to testify against medical malpractice legislation he supports.
Vatican Harangue Makes Stars of 'Nuns on the Bus'.
With his nightly harangues on CNN and through his books, Lou Dobbs has become the public face of today's dangerous movement toward economic isolationism .
Preachers sermonize in the subway, ads herald the imminent return of the Messiah, and missionaries harangue passersby in Times Square.
I'm not going to harangue you with stories from the civil rights era, or run down a list of people who died so we can all vote.
Ali Timms is said to have harangued Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt.
9/11 Mastermind Harangues US Gov't at Guantanamo Hearing.
There is a video on YouTube, apparently uploaded earlier this year, of Paul Ryan doing his best to politely get away from a young Catholic trying to offer him a Bible while haranguing him about Ayn Rand.
My continuous harangue on the importance of death education.
A week before an election, I'd normally be haranguing registered voters to go the polls.
This swamp buggy looks like a million bucks, and with its supercharger emitting a muffled whine, it will trounce many a "sports car" on the straightaway and harangue it in the curves.
We were used to him, and to the dozen or so aging know-it-alls who had nothing better to do than harangue us.
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