from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long pompous speech, especially one delivered before a gathering.
- n. A speech or piece of writing characterized by strong feeling or expression; a tirade.
- transitive v. To deliver a harangue to.
- intransitive v. To deliver a harangue.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An impassioned, disputatious public speech.
- n. A tirade or rant, whether spoken or written.
- v. To give a forceful and lengthy lecture or criticism to someone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A speech addressed to a large public assembly; a popular oration; a loud address to a multitude; in a bad sense, a noisy or pompous speech; declamation; ranting.
- intransitive v. To make an harangue; to declaim.
- transitive v. To address by an harangue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A set oration; a public address; a formal, vehement, or passionate address; also, any formal or pompous speech; a declamation; a tirade.
- n. Synonyms Address, Oration, etc. See speech.
- To address in a harangue; make a speech to: as, the general harangued the troops.
- To make a formal address or speech; deliver a harangue; declaim.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
- v. deliver a harangue to; address forcefully
Middle English arang, a speech to an assembly, from Old French harangue, from Old Italian aringa, from aringare, to speak in public, probably from aringo, arringa, public square, meeting place, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English arang and French harangue, from Old Italian aringa (modern Italian arringa) from aringare ("speak in public") (modern Italian arringare), from aringo ("public assembly"), from Gothic *𐌷𐍂𐌹𐌲𐌲𐍃 (hriggs), akin to Old High German hring ("ring") (whence German Ring). (Wiktionary)