A harangue is a long, angry speech that tells people what they should do.
Also, to harangue is to give a speech like that (a long, angry one that tells people what they ought to do.) And to harangue people is to speak to them like that.
Part of speech:
It's both a countable noun ("a harangue," "two harangues," "lots of harangues")
and a verb: both the transitive kind ("to harangue somebody")
and the intransitive kind ("to harangue for a straight hour.")
harangues, harangued, haranguing, haranguer
How to use it:
For the noun, talk about someone's harangue(s), someone delivering or issuing harangues, someone enduring or being subjected to or ignoring public harangues, and so on.
For the verb, talk about haranguing somebody or haranguing them on or over some topic or for some unacceptable behavior, as in "She won't quit haranguing me on/over the 'inappropriate' color of my nail polish. Sheesh." and "She won't quit haranguing me for wearing bright blue nail polish." Instead of haranguing someone, you can just plain harangue: "If you'd stop haranguing for a moment, we could move forward."
If you need an adjective, use "haranguing," as in "haranguing condemnation" and "haranguing song lyrics."
Teachers hate wasting class time haranguing the kids, but otherwise the kids' behavior will get worse and worse.
You don't need to launch into a full-blown harangue over this mistake--just tell your employees how you'd like them to handle the same situation in the future, and move on.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "harangue" means when you can explain it without saying "lecture" or "verbally punish."
Think of something you used to get in trouble for when you were younger, and fill in the blanks: "(Person) would always harangue me on/over/for _____."
Example: "My P.E. teacher would always harangue me for hanging back and trying to avoid participating in the game."
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Francis Bacon: "The human understanding supposes a greater degree of order and equality in things than it really finds."
1. The opposite of HARANGUE is
2. They issued a well-deserved harangue over _____.
A. how confusing the return policy is at that store
B. how those journalists often intentionally misrepresent ideas
C. how the college limits the number of freshmen it can accept each year
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