American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To give vent to angry disapproval; protest vehemently.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make a verbal attack; utter or write vehement denunciation or rebuke; exclaim or rail against persons or things; rail: with against, formerly with at or on.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To declaim or rail (against some person or thing); to utter censorious and bitter language; to attack with harsh criticism or reproach, either spoken or written; to use invectives; -- with against.
- v. speak against in an impassioned manner
- v. complain bitterly
- From Latin invehō ("bring in, carry in"), from in- + vehō ("carry"). Compare vehicle, invective. (Wiktionary)
- Latin invehī, to attack with words, inveigh against, passive of invehere, to carry in : in-, in; see in-2 + vehere, to carry; see wegh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It would be hard for politicians to inveigh against rate increases approved by their own proxies on the board.”
“Big government, the devil that Republicans love to inveigh against, is big precisely because it is so active in so many costly ways in serving the interests of our biggest corporations.”
“Log onto ATR's MySpace page, and your ears will be assaulted by a raw, angry sound, and lyrics that scream that "Deutschland Must Die" and inveigh against "too much government control" — in Germany.”
“With this grand insight into the inner workings of oppression, our educational theorists inveigh against “standard English” and counsel respect for “alternative dialects.””
“Hitchens continued that trend by using his mighty pen to inveigh against any political regime whom he perceived to trample on the innocent.”
“Yet, if this 2006 cable is indicative, Chinese officials are hardly acting combatively toward Washington in Latin America and, indeed, are all too willing to inveigh against ChÃ¡vez in private in an effort to reassure U.S. diplomats.”
“Yet, if this 2006 cable is indicative, Chinese officials are hardly acting combatively toward Washington in Latin America and, indeed, are all too willing to inveigh against Chávez in private in an effort to reassure U.S. diplomats.”
“Nor did he inveigh against the drug and alcohol culture of the West, or its tolerance for homosexuals.”
“People inveigh against the negative effects of health insurance “reform” as though those were not the desired ends of those pushing the policy.”
“Charley's voice took on an aggrieved tone, and he continued for some minutes to inveigh against the brazenness of Demetrios Contos.”
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