Definition of harangue in English:

harangue

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Pronunciation: /həˈraŋ
 
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noun

verb

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  • Lecture (someone) at length in an aggressive and critical manner: he harangued the public on their ignorance
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    • When I go to meetings I get harangued by the public about speeding vehicles and by people asking for speed cameras to be installed.
    • Ali, however, was on good terms, both with the gatekeepers and the guards, both of whom hailed and harangued him in a friendly manner as he stopped briefly to speak with them.
    • As a former SFU undergrad, I enjoyed haranguing you privileged children/right wing ideologues (you all seem so young, you BC Young Liberallies).
    Synonyms
    deliver a tirade to, rant at, lecture, hold forth to, preach to, pontificate to, sermonize to, spout to, declaim to, give a lecture to; berate, castigate, criticize, attack, lambaste, censure, pillory, upbraid
    informal earbash, speechify to, preachify to, sound off to, spiel to

Derivatives

haranguer

noun
More example sentences
  • Instead it's always the ‘political’ ones that get the camera, the haranguers and culture-warriors with the blarney touch, able to motivate viewers' emotions with their words.
  • Yes, he's a well-compensated good soldier, but that hardly seems to hinder half of this league's haranguers, so give the man his props.
  • Picasso responds that he is not sure what such a picture would look like, at which point his haranguer takes a photo of his wife from his wallet and says, ‘‘There, you see, that is a picture of how she really is’.’

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French arenge, from medieval Latin harenga, perhaps of Germanic origin. The spelling was later altered to conform with French harangue (noun), haranguer (verb).

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