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A ‘harangue’ is a form of lecture, delivered forcefully to a person or group in order to criticize them, complain about something, or persuade them to accept your opinions or ideas. It is often delivered by an authority figure, such as a parent or boss. Like a rant, it tends to take the form of a long and angry speech.
It wasn’t so much a speech that Peter delivered. It was more a harangue about the current state of the world.
This morning I was harangued by my boss in front of the whole office for being late.
Outside my window, I could hear a woman haranguing her children for misbehaving.