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Definition complain bitterly; or speak passionately against
  • American intellectuals inveigh against the practice.
  • The poisons generated by remorse inveigh against the system, and eventually produce marked physical deterioration.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • She would abandon every topic to inveigh against those women who (instead of minding their houses and their children) seek notoriety by print.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Newspapers inveighed against Milo with glaring headlines, and Congressmen denounced the atrocity in stentorian wrath and clamored for punishment.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The detective had, indeed, good reasons to inveigh against the bad luck which pursued him.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • And that language that the leader inveighed His Honor Judge Judson with, that wasn't any amalgamation of Spanish, dialect or not.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • This was not to say that M. Legrandin was anything but sincere when he inveighed against snobs.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • A distinction must be made, when the aristocratic and the democratic principles mutually inveigh against each other, as tending to facilitate corruption.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • When, in the evening, Charles told her this anecdote, Emma inveighed loudly against his colleague.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Oh, good God, if only the cousins could have come to Bologna and heard that old enemy of the Church taunting and inveighing against the Christian sensitivities of the Romantics.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • If Agamemnon had no gifts for you, named none to follow, but inveighed against you still in fury, then I could never say, 'Discard your anger and defend the Argives'— never, no matter how they craved your help.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Further on, when he declares the principles of the Church of New England with respect to morals, Mather inveighs with violence against the custom of drinking healths at table, which he denounces as a pagan and abominable practice.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • As any parent of a teenage child will tell you, the essential contrariness of adolescents suggests that the more adults inveigh against smoking and lecture teenagers about its dangers, the more teens, paradoxically, will want to try it.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • He deprecated polygamy, but he saw no reason to inveigh against the prevalent fondness for the tangatse berry, to which were ascribed medicinal properties, but which was chiefly popular because its effects were those of a mild narcotic.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • There is hardly any part of the system which could have been attended with greater difficulty in the arrangement of it than this; and there is, perhaps, none which has been inveighed against with less candor or criticised with less judgment.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • He therefore proceeded immediately to castigation: and not contented with that he acquainted Mr Allworthy, at their next meeting, with this monstrous crime, as it appeared to him: inveighing against Tom in the most bitter terms, and likening him to the buyers and sellers who were driven out of the temple.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • She was not above the inconsistency of charging fate, rather than herself, with her own misfortunes; but she inveighed so acrimoniously against love-matches that Lily would have fancied her own marriage had been of that nature, had not Mrs. Bart frequently assured her that she had been "talked into it"—by whom, she never made clear.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • To praise this intricate whirl of thought and prejudice is nonsense; to inveigh indiscriminately against "the South" is unjust; but to use the same breath in praising Governor Aycock, exposing Senator Morgan, arguing with Mr. Thomas Nelson Page, and denouncing Senator Ben Tillman, is not only sane, but the imperative duty of thinking black men.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • He would have none but a tip-top college man to educate him—none of your quacks and pretenders—no, no. A few years before, he used to be savage, and inveigh against all parsons, scholars, and the like declaring that they were a pack of humbugs, and quacks that weren't fit to get their living but by grinding Latin and Greek, and a set of supercilious dogs that pretended to look down upon British merchants and gentlemen, who could buy up half a hundred of 'em.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • ...her at once from his thoughts; and so the counsels of the priest, who was a wise and kindly disposed man, prevailed with him, and by their means he and his partisans were pacified and tranquillised, and to prove it put up their swords again, inveighing against the pliancy of Quiteria rather than the craftiness of Basilio; Camacho maintaining that, if Quiteria as a maiden had such a love for Basilio, she would have loved him too as a married woman, and that he ought to thank heaven more...
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote

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