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Webster 1913 Edition


Harangue

Ha-rangue′

(hȧ-răng′)
,
Noun.
[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
.]
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.
Syn.
Harangue
,
Speech
,
Oration
.
Speech is generic; an oration is an elaborate and rhetorical speech; an harangue is a vehement appeal to the passions, or a noisy, disputatious address. A general makes an harangue to his troops on the eve of a battle; a demagogue harangues the populace on the subject of their wrongs.

Ha-rangue′

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Harangued
(hȧ-răngd′)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Haranguing
.]
[Cf. F.
haranguer
, It.
aringare
.]
To make an harangue; to declaim.

Ha-rangue′

,
Verb.
T.
To address by an harangue.

Webster 1828 Edition


Harangue

HARANGUE

,
Noun.
harang'. har'ang.
1.
A speech addressed to an assembly or an army; a popular oration; a public address. This word seems to imply loudness or declamation, and is therefore appropriated generally to an address made to a popular assembly or to an army, and not to a sermon, or to an argument at the bar of a court, or to a speech in a deliberative council, unless in contempt.
2.
Declamation; a noisy, pompous or irregular address.

HARANGUE

,
Verb.
I.
harang'. To make an address or speech to a large assembly; to make a noisy speech.

HARANGUE

,
Verb.
T.
harang'. To address by oration; as, the general harangued the troops.

Definition 2022


harangue

harangue

See also: harangué

English

Noun

harangue (plural harangues)

  1. An impassioned, disputatious public speech.
  2. A tirade or rant, whether spoken or written.
    She gave her son a harangue about the dangers of playing in the street.
    The priest took thirty minutes to deliver his harangue on timeliness, making the entire service run late.

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Verb

harangue (third-person singular simple present harangues, present participle haranguing, simple past and past participle harangued)

  1. (transitive) To give a forceful and lengthy lecture or criticism to someone.
    The angry motorist leapt from his car to harangue the other driver.
    • 1814, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, Ch XV:
      This picture of her consequence had some effect, for no one loved better to lead than Maria; and with far more good-humour she answered, "I am much obliged to you, Edmund; you mean very well, I am sure: but I still think you see things too strongly; and I really cannot undertake to harangue all the rest upon a subject of this kind. There would be the greatest indecorum, I think."

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References

  1. harangue” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

French

Etymology

From Middle French harangue (a public address, public discourse), from Italian aringo (arena, public square, platform), from Frankish *hring (circle, ring) or Gothic 𐌷𐍂𐌹𐌲𐌲𐍃 (hriggs, ring, circle), both from Proto-Germanic *hringaz (circle, ring), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)krengʰ- (to turn, bend), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (to turn, bend). Cognate with Old High German hring (circle, ring), Old English hring (circle, ring). Alternative etymology suggests the possibility that the Italian word may be derived from an Old Frankish compound *hari-hring (circular gathering, literally host-ring or army-ring). More at here, ring.

Pronunciation

  • (aspirated h) IPA(key): /a.ʁɑ̃g/

Noun

harangue f (plural harangues)

  1. harangue

Verb

harangue

  1. first-person singular present indicative of haranguer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of haranguer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of haranguer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of haranguer
  5. second-person singular imperative of haranguer