Definitions for: Harangue

[n] a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
[v] deliver a harangue to; address forcefully

Webster (1913) Definition: Ha*rangue", n. [F. harangue: cf. Sp. arenda, 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 a multitude; in a bad sense, a noisy
or pompous speech; declamation; ranting.

Gray-headed men and grave, with warriors mixed,
Assemble, and harangues are heard. --Milton.

Syn: Harangue, Speech, Oration.

Usage: 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", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Harangued; p. pr. &
vb. n. Haranguing.] [Cf. F. haranguer, It. aringare.]
To make an harangue; to declaim.

Ha*rangue", v. t.
To address by an harangue.

Synonyms: rant, ranting

See Also: address, declamation, screed, speak

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