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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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • The boys were harangued by a man in a full beard.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • harangued = verbally harassed by someone trying to persuade them
  • 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
  • From the middle of the barracks, he harangued us:
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • harangued = gave a tirade (emotionally charged speech) in an annoying manner
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • He's been going up and down the western country, rousting people out and haranguing them about the Red Menace.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • My drink was by me, untouched all this long harangue.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • These harangues must not have bothered his conscience much because that year he sent no money.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • "Good night, sir," I said, imagining the Colonel sneaking the Breathalyzer back into the Eagle's house while I got harangued at Jury.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • "I never thowt much o' thee!" he harangued.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • Putting her out of his mind, Max was enduring another Tweedy harangue about those running the armories and storerooms ("Base thieves and charlatans!
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • His martial men with fierce harangue he fir'd, And his own ardor in their souls inspir'd.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid

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