Definition of harangue in US English:



  • A lengthy and aggressive speech.

    • ‘In the summer of 1950 when Nathan turns away from Ira, part of that retreat was in reaction to Ira's harangues about the violence of American reaction in Korea and the real possibilities of atomic warfare.’
    • ‘Which is why my harangues in defense of the President's Bioethics Council have bordered on outright rants.’
    • ‘The truth is, though, that neither Churchill's historical studies nor his sectarian harangues have much to do with why his name now roils two college campuses 1,700 miles apart.’
    • ‘He stomped the country in the weeks before polling day giving energetic speeches, described by some as 3-hour harangues.’
    • ‘Although Mr Straw's visit seemed successful with Iran's political leaders, subsequent harangues by the country's ‘spiritual leaders’ show their old hatreds still smoulder.’
    • ‘Though they were surrounded by ‘walls’ of bodyguards, they could not be shielded from harangues and insults hurled at them.’
    • ‘Sun boss Scott McNealy gave the DoJ his lengthiest harangue at the company's AGM for stockholders yesterday.’
    • ‘Close was a powerful preacher renowned for his tirades against Catholicism and this further annoyed Trollope, who had seen the harm caused by such harangues during his long residence in Ireland.’
    • ‘Sayle's prose is the same mixture as before - darkly comic harangues interspersed with infomercials about politics, fashion, and the world of celebrity.’
    • ‘Returning to his old political ways, the general has again taken to delivering evangelical harangues and has challenged the media opposed to his campaign.’
    • ‘We avoid political harangues - or for that matter political anything - here at Eclectic Mind, but I do try not to completely stick my head in the sand.’
    • ‘As grating as his shrill harangues may seem to those who are their targets, were he not here to remind us what happened on one great day for a nuclear disaster, the rest of us might not remember.’
    • ‘When he finished his lengthy harangue, everyone left, and Lohia wandered over to the nearest paanwallah to ask if Hanif was out yet.’
    • ‘The majority of countries in the world do not conduct foreign relations through harangues and impulsive actions intended to sate the irrational instincts of a minority audience.’
    • ‘These banquets, where a spartan meal set the stage for political harangues masquerading as toasts, concentrated the diffuse energies hostile to Louis-Philippe's politics.’
    • ‘Spencer Tracy as the Clarence Darrow character and Fredric March as the demagogue based on William Jennings Bryan have a field day in their speechifying and harangues.’
    • ‘They applauded, I suspect, for much the same reason so many members of the black Christian middle-class applaud the harangues of Black Muslim minister Louis Farrakhan.’
    • ‘They forbade ‘political speeches, harangues, or canvassing among the troops.’’
    • ‘It is easy to get sucked up into the harangues of Rockwell and company when one has limited knowledge of the conditions and behaviour that made such legislation necessary.’
    • ‘I offer these comments only in the interest of historical perspective. I have no interest in starting or participating in harangues of any kind.’
    tirade, lecture, diatribe, homily, polemic, rant, fulmination, broadside, verbal attack, verbal onslaught, invective
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[with object]
  • Lecture (someone) at length in an aggressive and critical manner.

    ‘the kind of guy who harangued total strangers about PCB levels in whitefish’
    • ‘There's not a tradition of left-wing rabbis on the radio haranguing people.’
    • ‘Once, a man who was haranguing me for money interrupted his tirade to answer his cellular phone.’
    • ‘Yes, they do bother me because they're constantly haranguing me.’
    • ‘Not that I don't think he was funny, he was, and could be very funny, but his last stuff Rants in E minor pretty much eschews the jokes in favour of him shouting and haranguing his audience.’
    • ‘In the claustrophobic gloom of Fez, a small basement club popular with students in downtown New York, Joan Rivers is standing on stage haranguing her audience.’
    • ‘Although the organisation uses shock tactics, including picketing abortion clinics and haranguing teenage girls and women seeking terminations, it has not been directly involved in any violent action.’
    • ‘For the past decade they have travelled the world, haranguing its leaders about the effects of globalisation, campaigning for ‘fair trade’ and chanting about the dangers of climate change.’
    • ‘She would be haranguing me about my ancient dress sense.’
    • ‘He's been haranguing me about this with increasing frequency over the last month or so, pressuring me to quit using my insurance to see him and become a regular paying client instead.’
    • ‘When I go to meetings I get harangued by the public about speeding vehicles and by people asking for speed cameras to be installed.’
    • ‘By the end of the story the professor has abandoned his native tongue altogether, and is haranguing his readers in Pagolak, insisting that if only they'd pay due attention, then ‘tak nalaman namele Pagolak kama’.’
    • ‘Even in his late seventies, Louis is still haranguing his son about his attitude towards Israel, and Allen is responding with the same mixture of would-be facts and baffled fury.’
    • ‘At the end some foreign-looking gentleman started haranguing him in a language I didn't understand and Galloway looked even more paranoid than usual.’
    • ‘Instead of haranguing the audience with the message that alcohol is evil, director Betty Thomas shows Gwen having such a good time during the pre-sobriety sequences that you begin to wonder whether it is rehab that was evil all along.’
    • ‘Comedy is a good way of nipping that tendency in the bud and it is a tendency I do have when I'm haranguing my friends.’
    • ‘The kind of 10-minute blast of unadulterated grimness which turns up out of the blue late at night on BBC2, haranguing you with supposedly meaningful images of alcoholic depressives shouting at each other in tower blocks.’
    • ‘As a former SFU undergrad, I enjoyed haranguing you privileged children/right wing ideologues (you all seem so young, you BC Young Liberallies).’
    • ‘In the opening stages of the series, O'Connor sought to demonstrate his peerless courage and wit by ostentatiously haranguing the children and housewives who appeared before him for their musical shortcomings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Judy said: ‘We are all very proud of our group and don't really like haranguing people for money all the time.’
    deliver a tirade to, rant at, lecture, hold forth to, preach to, pontificate to, sermonize to, spout to, declaim to, give a lecture to
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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).