Harangue vs Tact - What's the difference?

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Harangue is a related term of tact.

As verbs the difference between harangue and tact

is that harangue is while tact is (psychology) to use a tact (a kind of verbal operant; see noun sense).

As a noun tact is

the sense of touch; feeling.




(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)
  • The sense of touch; feeling.
  • *
  • Did you suppose that I could not make myself sensible to tact as well as sight?
  • * J. Le Conte
  • Now, sight is a very refined tact .
  • (music) The stroke in beating time.
  • Sensitive mental touch; peculiar skill or faculty; nice perception or discernment; ready power of appreciating and doing what is required by circumstances.
  • *
  • He had formed plans not inferior in grandeur and boldness to those of Richelieu, and had carried them into effect with a tact and wariness worthy of Mazarin.
  • *
  • A tact' which surpassed the '''tact''' of her sex as much as the '''tact''' of her sex surpassed the ' tact of ours.
  • The ability to deal with embarrassing situations carefully and without doing or saying anything that will annoy or upset other people; careful consideration in dealing with others to avoid giving offense; the ability to say the right thing.
  • By the use of tact , she was able to calm her jealous husband.
    I used tact when I told my fat uncle that his extra weight made him look better.
  • (psychology) A verbal operant which is controlled by a nonverbal stimulus (such as an object, event, or property of an object) and is maintained by nonspecific social reinforcement (praise).
  • * 2013 , Jacob L. Gewirtz, William M. Kurtines, Jacob L. Lamb, Intersections With Attachment
  • Skinner (1957) saw such tacts as responses that are reinforced socially.

    Derived terms

    * tactful * tactless


    (en verb)
  • (psychology) To use a tact (a kind of verbal operant; see noun sense).