From Middle English arang and French harangue, from Old Italian aringa (modern Italian arringa) from aringare (“speak in public”) (modern Italian arringare), from aringo (“public assembly”), from Gothic *𐌷𐍂𐌹𐌲𐌲𐍃 (*hriggs), akin to Old High German hring (“ring”) (whence German Ring).
harangue (plural harangues)
- An impassioned, disputatious public speech.
- 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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- (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."
From Middle French harangue (“a public address, public discourse”), from Old 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.
harangue f (plural harangues)
- first-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular present indicative of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- second-person singular imperative of