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Definition to try to persuade, or to criticize in an impassioned and often annoying manner; or a speech with such an intent
  • My parents continuously harangue me about my grades.
harangue = annoyingly try to persuade or criticize
  • She fears a Card Check law would permit unions to pester, harass and harangue employees who would lose the protection of a secret ballot.
  • harangue = annoyingly try to persuade
  • The class was subjected to a ten-minute harangue for not taking their homework more seriously.
  • harangue = impassioned speech trying to change behavior
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • harangue = impassioned, annoying, critical speech
  • But it did no good, all this fault laying, all these harangues of accusations bouncing in her head.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • harangues = impassioned speeches
  • He also turned the tables and started lecturing the grandfatherly figure about the shortcomings of his sedentary existence, urging the eighty-year-old to sell most of his belongings, move out of the apartment, and live on the road. Franz took these harangues in stride and in fact delighted in the boy's company.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • harangues = impassioned critical speeches
  • And here she closed her harangue: a long one for her, and uttered with the demureness of a Quakeress.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • harangue = impassioned speech
  • The Bird leapt onto a perch over them and delivered his standard harangue: "You must be sober! You must be sincere! You must work for earnest! You must obey! I have spoken."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • harangue = impassioned and critical lecture
  • 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
  • haranguing = giving an impassioned speech complaining or trying to persuade
  • The boys were harangued by a man in a full beard.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • harangued = verbally harassed by someone trying to persuade them
  • From the middle of the barracks, he harangued us:
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • harangued = gave a tirade (emotionally charged speech) in an annoying manner
  • 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
  • haranguing = annoying with impassioned speech
  • 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
  • haranguing = criticizing in an impassioned and annoying manner
  • Below, Riff is haranguing.
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • haranguing = trying to persuade, or criticizing, or sharing a tirade in an impassioned and often annoying manner
  • 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
  • harangued = criticized in an impassioned and annoying manner
  • There was another inspection outside, another haranguing, and then the uneasy pause of night, the pacing of the guards, before the dawn again brought shouting and running and the thud of clubs.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • haranguing = impassioned criticizing speech
  • It was brutal: the incessant mechanized haranguing of intensive care.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • After haranguing the girl for hours through the night she harangued for hours of the day the silent Edward.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier

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