- The definition of a harangue is a long and intense verbal attack or a long and passionate speech.
- An example of harangue is a speech that sharply criticizes a political practice.
- An example of harangue is a speech that professes an intense love for someone.
Origin: Middle English (Scot) arang from Old French arenge from OIt aringa from aringo, site for horse races and public assemblies from Gothic an unverified form hrings, circle: see ring
- haranguer noun
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- A long pompous speech, especially one delivered before a gathering.
- A speech or piece of writing characterized by strong feeling or expression; a tirade.
Origin: Middle English arang, a speech to an assembly, from Old French harangue, from Old Italian aringa, from aringare, to speak in public, probably from aringo, arringa, public square, meeting place, of Germanic origin; see koro- in Indo-European roots.
- ha·ranguˈer noun