Adjective "haranguing" definition and examples

(Haranguing may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A lengthy and aggressive speech.
  1. 'They applauded, I suspect, for much the same reason so many members of the black Christian middle-class applaud the harangues of Black Muslim minister Louis Farrakhan.'
  2. 'As grating as his shrill harangues may seem to those who are their targets, were he not here to remind us what happened on one great day for a nuclear disaster, the rest of us might not remember.'
  3. 'He stomped the country in the weeks before polling day giving energetic speeches, described by some as 3-hour harangues.'
  4. 'Spencer Tracy as the Clarence Darrow character and Fredric March as the demagogue based on William Jennings Bryan have a field day in their speechifying and harangues.'
  5. 'Which is why my harangues in defense of the President's Bioethics Council have bordered on outright rants.'
  6. 'Returning to his old political ways, the general has again taken to delivering evangelical harangues and has challenged the media opposed to his campaign.'
  7. 'The majority of countries in the world do not conduct foreign relations through harangues and impulsive actions intended to sate the irrational instincts of a minority audience.'
  8. 'Sun boss Scott McNealy gave the DoJ his lengthiest harangue at the company's AGM for stockholders yesterday.'
  9. 'It is easy to get sucked up into the harangues of Rockwell and company when one has limited knowledge of the conditions and behaviour that made such legislation necessary.'
  10. 'They forbade ‘political speeches, harangues, or canvassing among the troops.’'


Lecture (someone) at length in an aggressive and critical manner.
  1. 'By the end of the story the professor has abandoned his native tongue altogether, and is haranguing his readers in Pagolak, insisting that if only they'd pay due attention, then ‘tak nalaman namele Pagolak kama’.'
  2. 'Comedy is a good way of nipping that tendency in the bud and it is a tendency I do have when I'm haranguing my friends.'
  3. 'In the opening stages of the series, O'Connor sought to demonstrate his peerless courage and wit by ostentatiously haranguing the children and housewives who appeared before him for their musical shortcomings.'
  4. 'Instead of haranguing the audience with the message that alcohol is evil, director Betty Thomas shows Gwen having such a good time during the pre-sobriety sequences that you begin to wonder whether it is rehab that was evil all along.'
  5. 'The kind of 10-minute blast of unadulterated grimness which turns up out of the blue late at night on BBC2, haranguing you with supposedly meaningful images of alcoholic depressives shouting at each other in tower blocks.'
  6. 'When I go to meetings I get harangued by the public about speeding vehicles and by people asking for speed cameras to be installed.'
  7. 'Once, a man who was haranguing me for money interrupted his tirade to answer his cellular phone.'
  8. 'As a former SFU undergrad, I enjoyed haranguing you privileged children/right wing ideologues (you all seem so young, you BC Young Liberallies).'
  9. 'There's not a tradition of left-wing rabbis on the radio haranguing people.'
  10. 'In the claustrophobic gloom of Fez, a small basement club popular with students in downtown New York, Joan Rivers is standing on stage haranguing her audience.'

More definitions

1. a scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; diatribe.

2. a long, passionate, and vehement speech, especially one delivered before a public gathering.

3. any long, pompous speech or writing of a tediously hortatory or didactic nature; sermonizing lecture or discourse. verb (used with object), harangued, haranguing.

4. to address in a harangue. verb (used without object), harangued, haranguing.

5. to deliver a harangue.

More examples(as adjective)

"manners can be haranguing."


(harangue)Late Middle English: from Old French arenge, from medieval Latin harenga, perhaps of Germanic origin. The spelling was later altered to conform with French harangue (noun), haranguer (verb).