Inveigh
Inveigh In*veigh", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Inveighed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inveighing}.] [L. invehere, invectum, to carry or bring into or against, to attack with words, to inveigh; pref. in- in + vehere to carry. See {Vehicle}, and cf. {Invective}.] To declaim or rail (against some person or thing); to utter censorious and bitter language; to attack with harsh criticism or reproach, either spoken or written; to use invectives; -- with against; as, to inveigh against character, conduct, manners, customs, morals, a law, an abuse. [1913 Webster]

All men inveighed against him; all men, except court vassals, opposed him. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The artificial life against which we inveighed. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • inveigh — ► VERB (inveigh against) ▪ speak or write about with great hostility. ORIGIN originally in the sense «introduce»: from Latin invehere carry in , invehi be carried into, attack …   English terms dictionary

  • inveigh — I verb attack, blast, cry out against, denounce, dispraise, exclaim against, fulminate, impugn, incessere, increpare, insectari, lash, protest against, rage against, rail, raise one s voice against, rate, revile, scold, score, storm against,… …   Law dictionary

  • inveigh — (v.) late 15c., to introduce, from L. invehi to attack with words, originally carry oneself against, passive infinitive of invehere bring in, carry in, from in against (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + vehere to carry (see VEHICLE (Cf. vehicle)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • inveigh — [v] blame, denounce admonish, berate, blast, castigate, censure, condemn, crack down on*, except, expostulate, go after*, have at*, jump down one’s throat*, kick, lambaste, lay into, lay out, let have it, object, protest, rail, read out*,… …   New thesaurus

  • inveigh — [in vā′] vi. [ME invehen < L invehi, to assail, attack with words, pass. of invehere, to bring in < in , in, to + vehere, to carry: see VEHEMENT] to make a violent verbal attack; talk or write bitterly (against); rail inveigher n …   English World dictionary

  • inveigh — UK [ɪnˈveɪ] / US verb Word forms inveigh : present tense I/you/we/they inveigh he/she/it inveighs present participle inveighing past tense inveighed past participle inveighed Phrasal verbs: inveigh against …   English dictionary

  • inveigh — v. (formal) (d; intr.) to inveigh against * * * [ɪn veɪ] (formal) (d; intr.) to inveigh against …   Combinatory dictionary

  • inveigh — in|veigh [ınˈveı] v inveigh against / [inveigh against sb/sth] phr v [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: invehi to attack , from invehere, from vehere to carry ] to criticize someone or something strongly …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • inveigh — in|veigh [ ın veı ] verb ,inveigh against phrasal verb transitive VERY FORMAL inveigh against someone/something to criticize someone or something very strongly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • inveigh — [15] Inveigh originally meant ‘carry in, introduce’ (‘In them are two colours quarterly put: the one into the other, and so one colour is inveighed into another’, Book of Saint Albans 1486). Its second syllable comes from Latin vehere ‘carry’… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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