Definition of inveigh in English:



  • Speak or write about (something) with great hostility.

    ‘nationalists inveighed against those who worked with the British’
    • ‘Speaker after speaker inveighed against their inability to speak out against the Tesco plan.’
    • ‘I do not mean to inveigh against the consultants more heavily than they deserve, for it is impossible not to believe that they act with a good motive.’
    • ‘I will question environmental agencies that put birds before people, and inveigh against wind farms in the wrong places.’
    • ‘It's Republicans who are inveighing against this kind of non-ideological solution.’
    • ‘On a recent visit to Ireland, I was caught off-guard by a Dublin taxi driver who inveighed against the current wave of new immigrants.’
    • ‘But the most profound voice in popular music today inveighing against spiritual alienation and emotional disconnectedness comes from New Jersey.’
    • ‘In other words, it is not always clear whether they are inveighing against the application of a general natural scientific approach or of positivism in particular.’
    • ‘In an age of 30-second political advertisements, truthful speech remains as meaningful to democracies as it is to inveighing against totalitarian regimes.’
    • ‘In the meantime, Khrushchev had been holding a stormy and furious press conference making veiled threats and inveighing against the treacherous nature of the United States.’
    • ‘Lear enters, madly reliving episodes from his past, inveighing against female sexuality and reflecting on justice and authority in a poignant mixture of reason and madness.’
    • ‘They published a monthly news magazine, which served as their mouthpiece usually inveighing against something wrong with Boston's city finances, or elected officials.’
    • ‘Can't we persuade the journalists busy inveighing against poor Harry to take on that cause instead?’
    • ‘Yet Niebuhr also spent much of his life inveighing against the naivety of liberalism, as in his most famous book, Moral Man and Immoral Society.’
    • ‘A great many food writers inveigh against the inequities of school food and the amount of money spent for the last 20 years and have got absolutely nowhere.’
    • ‘If Schwartz were at all familiar with the ‘process’ he inveighs against, he'd know better - but that's not something that's within his spectrum of acceptance.’
    • ‘Is this corporate welfare really any different or less costly than the kind most of these people inveigh against?’
    • ‘And so there was no lack of critics last week inveighing against this ‘waste’ of public money.’
    • ‘Nationalists inveighed against those who worked with the British and the Dutch, were friends of the colonials and not true Indonesians or Singaporeans or Malays.’
    • ‘In particular he has inveighed against the proposition that women should be encouraged by law and circumstance to rise through the ranks of business or politics.’
    • ‘They inveighed against the immorality of British rule and denounced the local ‘whisky drinkers’ who mimicked their colonial masters and did their bidding.’
    fulminate, declaim, protest, rail, rage, remonstrate, storm
    denounce, censure, condemn, decry, criticize, complain vehemently about
    disparage, denigrate, run down, revile, abuse, vilify, impugn
    lash, tongue-lash, kick up a fuss about, kick up a stink about, bellyache about, beef about, grouch about, sound off about
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Late 15th century (in the sense carry in, introduce; formerly also as enveigh): from Latin invehere carry in invehi be carried into, assail from in- into + vehere carry.