Harangue vs Sermon - What's the difference?

harangue | sermon |

As a verb harangue

is .

As a noun sermon is





(en noun)
  • An impassioned, disputatious public speech.
  • A tirade or rant, whether spoken or written.
  • She gave her son a harangue about the dangers of playing in the street.
    The priest took thirty minutes to deliver his harangue on timeliness, making the entire service run late.
  • * 1895 , , Ch X:
  • But he continued his harangue without waiting for a reply.


    * (tirade or rant): admonition, condemnation, criticism, diatribe, polemic, rant, screed, tirade


  • To give a forceful and lengthy lecture or criticism to someone.
  • The angry motorist leapt from his car to harangue the other driver.
  • * 1814 , , Ch XV:
  • This picture of her consequence had some effect, for no one loved better to lead than Maria; and with far more good-humour she answered, "I am much obliged to you, Edmund; you mean very well, I am sure: but I still think you see things too strongly; and I really cannot undertake to harangue all the rest upon a subject of this kind. There would be the greatest indecorum, I think."


    * admonish, berate, lecture






    (en noun)
  • Religious discourse; a written or spoken address on a religious or moral matter.
  • *, chapter=3
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon , he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.}}
  • A lengthy speech of reproval.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (poetic, obsolete) To discourse to or of, as in a sermon.
  • (Spenser)
  • (poetic, obsolete) To tutor; to lecture.
  • * 1607 , , II. ii. 177:
  • Come, sermon me no further.
    (Webster 1913)


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