Tirade vs Harangue - What's the difference?

tirade | harangue |

As nouns the difference between tirade and harangue

is that tirade is a long, angry or violent speech; a diatribe while harangue is an impassioned, disputatious public speech.

As a verb harangue is

to give a forceful and lengthy lecture or criticism to someone.




(en noun)
  • A long, angry or violent speech; a diatribe.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.}}
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  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=“[…] They talk of you as if you were Croesus—and I expect the beggars sponge on you unconscionably.” And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes.}}
  • A section of verse concerning a single theme; a laisse.
  • Synonyms

    * (speech) diatribe, rant * (section of verse) laisse * See also

    See also

    * j'accuse * tantrum


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    (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