Ha·rangue 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.
Gray-headed men and grave, with warriors mixed,
Assemble, and harangues are heard. --Milton.
Syn: -- Harangue, Speech, Oration.
Usage: Speech is generic; an oration is an elaborate and rhetorical speech; an harangue is a vehement appeal to the passions, or a noisy, disputatious address. A general makes an harangue to his troops on the eve of a battle; a demagogue harangues the populace on the subject of their wrongs.
Ha·rangue, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Harangued p. pr. & vb. n. Haranguing.] To make an harangue; to declaim.
Ha·rangue, v. t. To address by an harangue.
n : a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion
[syn: rant, ranting]
v : deliver a harangue to; address forcefully