- a scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; diatribe.
- a long, passionate, and vehement speech, especially one delivered before a public gathering.
- any long, pompous speech or writing of a tediously hortatory or didactic nature; sermonizing lecture or discourse.
verb (used with object), ha·rangued, ha·rangu·ing.
- to address in a harangue.
verb (used without object), ha·rangued, ha·rangu·ing.
- to deliver a harangue.
- to address (a person or crowd) in an angry, vehement, or forcefully persuasive way
- a loud, forceful, or angry speech
mid-15c., arang, Scottish (in English from c.1600), from Middle French harangue (14c.), from Italian aringo “public square, platform,” from a Germanic source ultimately from or including Proto-Germanic *ring “circular gathering” (see ring (n.1)). Perhaps it is ultimately from Gothic *hriggs (pronounced “hrings”), with the first -a- inserted to ease Romanic pronunciation of Germanic hr- (cf. hamper (n.)). But Barnhart suggests a Germanic compound, hari-hring “circular gathering,” literally “army-ring.”
1650s, from French haranguer, from Middle French harangue (see harangue (n.)). Related: Harangued; haranguing.