AskDefine | Define harangue

Dictionary Definition

harangue n : a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion [syn: rant, ranting] v : deliver a harangue to; address forcefully

User Contributed Dictionary



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 a Germanic source such as Old High German hring "ring".


  • /həˈræŋ/ or /həˈreɪŋ/, /h@"r

Extensive Definition

A monologue is an extended, uninterrupted speech by a single person. The person may be speaking his or her thoughts aloud or directly addressing other persons, e.g. an audience, a character, or a reader.
As a literary device, it is most common in dramatic genres (plays, opera, animated cartoons, film) but can also be found in prose fiction. The term can also be applied to poems, which usually take the form of the thoughts or speech of a single individual. In everyday usage, a long, rather boring speech by a conversation partner is sometimes called a monologue as well.
The term 'dramatic monologue' is used both for monologues in plays and for a poetic genre.

Soliloquy / Dramatic Monologue (Theatre)




  • Jane Edwardes, The Faber Book of Monologues, Faber and Faber, 2005, ISBN 0571217648

External links

harangue in Arabic: مونولوج
harangue in Bosnian: Monolog
harangue in Bulgarian: Монолог
harangue in Czech: Monolog
harangue in Welsh: Ymson
harangue in German: Monolog
harangue in Spanish: Monólogo
harangue in Persian: تک‌گویی
harangue in French: Monologue
harangue in Galician: Soliloquio
harangue in Indonesian: Monolog
harangue in Italian: Monologo
harangue in Hebrew: מונולוג
harangue in Georgian: მონოლოგი
harangue in Kazakh: Монолог
harangue in Luxembourgish: Monolog
harangue in Dutch: Monoloog
harangue in Japanese: モノローグ
harangue in Norwegian: Monolog
harangue in Polish: Monolog
harangue in Portuguese: Monólogo
harangue in Russian: Монолог
harangue in Slovak: Monológ
harangue in Slovenian: Samogovor
harangue in Finnish: Monologi
harangue in Swedish: Monolog
harangue in Ukrainian: Монолог
harangue in Chinese: 獨角戲

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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