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My parents continuously harangue me about my grades.
  to try to persuade, or to criticize in an impassioned and often annoying manner; or a speech with such an intent
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  • My parents continuously harangue me about my grades.
  • She fears a Card Check law would permit unions to pester, harass and harangue employees who would lose the protection of a secret ballot.
  • Have you heard my 15-minute harangue on Rush Limbaugh?
  • I still think you see things too strongly; and I really cannot undertake to harangue all the rest upon a subject of this kind.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park

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  • John laughed, and watched her for a minute, as she poised a pretty little preparation of lace and flowers on her hand, and regarded it with the genuine interest which his harangue had failed to waken.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • He’d smolder around the house for hours, grumbling and haranguing until he gnawed her patience down to shreds.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • Mrs. van D. and Dussel continued their harangue: "You know way too much about things you’re not supposed to."
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Scott had been haranguing him about the previous evening on and off since they’d arrived at work that morning.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • From the middle of the barracks, he harangued us:
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • The boys were harangued by a man in a full beard.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five

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  • Below, Riff is haranguing.
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • Against Mr. O’Hanlon’s humming harangue, a memory was rising to dispute him: the courtroom shifted imperceptibly, in it she looked down on the same heads.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • That was haranguing!
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Between drink refills and dispensing of utensils and the magically quick arrival of our food, our entire harangue came in limp bursts.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He was talking to her, but it seemed in a haranguing sort of way, his jawbone working continuously.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Most went voluntarily, glad to be able to take a few of their possessions with them and relieved to escape the constant harangues and threats of the Nazis.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Then the harangue would continue on the other side of the kitchen table.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "The South today has abdicated any right to connection with the human race," Nathan harangued me.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was brutal: the incessant mechanized haranguing of intensive care.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • But it did no good, all this fault laying, all these harangues of accusations bouncing in her head.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Franz took these harangues in stride and in fact delighted in the boy’s company.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • During forced exercise, he wasn’t strong enough to run, so he and a few others were separated and harangued through calisthenics.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • On a scarlet-draped platform an orator of the Inner Party, a small lean man with disproportionately long arms and a large bald skull over which a few lank locks straggled, was haranguing the crowd.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He thought that he must break from the ranks and harangue his comrades.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • And here she closed her harangue: a long one for her, and uttered with the demureness of a Quakeress.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Everyone spoke, harangued, and vociferated, swearing, cursing, and consigning the cardinal and his Guards to all the devils.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • He switched the band and dialed across bursts of music, news, a preacher haranguing a softly moaning congregation, a weather report.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • She was haranguing Mademoiselle Baptistine on a subject which was familiar to her and to which the Bishop was also accustomed.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The next he addressed was a man who had been haranguing a large assembly for a whole hour on the subject of charity.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • He talked up Everest every time he saw me and repeatedly harangued Brad Wetzler, an editor at Outside, about the idea.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He sat sidewise in an empty seat across the aisle from me and began to harangue two brothers behind him.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • When Lebeziatnikov finished his long-winded harangue with the logical deduction at the end, he was quite tired, and the perspiration streamed from his face.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Like a wild boar, with his great heart, this captain in the van harangued his companies, and in the rear Meriones did likewise.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Along with Buffalo Jones, who lost his money and then his mind (the last years of his life were spent haranguing street groups against the wanton extermination of the beasts he himself had so profitably slaughtered), the glamours of the past are today entombed.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • John laughed, and watched her for a minute, as she poised a pretty little preparation of lace and flowers on her hand, and regarded it with the genuine interest which his harangue had failed to waken.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Servant girls returned bracelets which they had stolen from their mistresses, and usurers harangued their wives angrily, in defense of usury.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Before I could answer he went into a harangue.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • As the Huron used his native language, the prisoners, notwithstanding the caution of the natives had kept them within the swing of their tomahawks, could only conjecture the substance of his harangue from the nature of those significant gestures with which an Indian always illustrates his eloquence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Secession, war—these words long since had become acutely boring to Scarlett from much repetition, but now she hated the sound of them, for they meant that the men would stand there for hours haranguing one another and she would have no chance to corner Ashley.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Every few months Torrey’s parents flew from Mexico to Boston to harangue her.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Henchard paused in his harangue and turned.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • "Hast thou finished thy harangue, Sancho?" said Don Quixote.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • First they were fools enough to call assembly at sundown, unheard of hour; the Akhaian soldiers turned out, soaked with wine, to hear talk, talk about it from their commanders: Menelaos harangued them to get organized- time to ride home on the sea’s broad back, he said; but Agamemnon wouldn’t hear of it.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The harangue was formidable.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Mrs. Hale’s extended harangues upon the subjects of wealth and position taught her to distinguish between degrees of wealth.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • I harangued them a little on the subject, read the paper, and explained it, and then distributed the copies, which were eagerly signed, not the least objection being made.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • When you listen to a mystic’s harangue on the impotence of the human mind and begin to doubt your consciousness, not his, when you permit your precariously semi-rational state to be shaken by any assertion and decide it is safer to trust his superior certainty and knowledge, the joke is on both of you: your sanction is the only source of certainty he has.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • No; let your conduct be the only harangue.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • He was pretty pleased with himself until he looked up in the dining room of the Red Cross building and found himself eating breakfast with dozens and dozens of other servicemen in all kinds of fantastic uniforms, and then all at once he was surrounded by images of Luciana getting out of her clothes and into her clothes and caressing and haranguing him tempestuously in the pink rayon chemise she wore in bed with him and would not take off.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • He had nursed our softball team along for two years, and by a mixture of patience, luck, shrewd manipulations during some tight ball games, and hard, fist-thumping harangues calculated to shove us into a patriotic awareness of the importance of athletics and physical fitness for the war effort, he was able to mold our original team of fifteen awkward fumblers into the top team of our league.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
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