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Her idea of debate is to hurl completely unsupported personal invective.
  abusive or venomous language — usually expressing criticism or deep-seated ill will
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  • Her idea of debate is to hurl completely unsupported personal invective.
  • her invective-filled tweets
  • As he said that, the woman started to curse in a flood of obscene invective that rolled over and around him like the hot white water splashing down from the sudden eruption of a geyser.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Her wave of invective had crashed over him and still he sat there.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • A stream of Spanish invective followed me around the track.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • While the initial reaction to the sight of Jamie’s back was horrified pity, followed by bursts of invective against the English army and King George, often there was a slight flavor of contempt that even I could pick up.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Exchanges laced with invectives.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • His answer would be intelligent and the debate would be lively, lots of clever invective and good political rhetoric.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • I now related my history briefly but with firmness and precision, marking the dates with accuracy and never deviating into invective or exclamation.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • But without warning, a long way into the woods, he began to berate her with humiliating invective and revolting remarks about her morals and sexual predilections.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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  • They were wholly deaf to my arguments, or failed to perceive their force, and fell into a strain of invective that was irresistible.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • —Foot and mouth disease! the editor cried in scornful invective.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • As soon as your invective has done its work— Dr. Stockmann.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • At a desk sat a captain, to whom the officious individual who had stopped the battle spoke at length in Italian, at times pointing at Dick, and letting himself be interrupted by the taxi-men who delivered short bursts of invective and denunciation.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Lady Bertram listened without much interest to this sort of invective.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Night after night he had cloistered them and let them talk, intervening only now and then to limit the invective between the Hutu and the Tutsi boys.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • He came to hate them vehemently, and to assail them with every kind of invective he could think of, not because they were irrelevant but for exactly the opposite reason.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • From behind the shaking curtains came one volley of invective.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • With each invective I threw out, I felt as though my bindings had come loose and I was finally free to say what I really thought.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • With violent invective he denounced provisions repealing his cherished Missouri Com-promise and pleaded for a national outlook.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • She was astonished, too, at the furious invective which he was always launching at the aristocracy, at fashionable life, and ’snobbishness’—"undoubtedly," he would say, "the sin of which Saint Paul is thinking when he speaks of the sin for which there is no forgiveness."
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • These invectives he was especially desirous of throwing forth before Sophia; for as he loved her more than he did any other, so he was really jealous that she had loved her mother better than him.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • …this elaborator of small explanations about as important as the surplus stock of false antiquities kept in a vendor’s back chamber, having first got this adorable young creature to marry him, and then passing his honeymoon away from her, groping after his mouldy futilities (Will was given to hyperbole)—this sudden picture stirred him with a sort of comic disgust: he was divided between the impulse to laugh aloud and the equally unseasonable impulse to burst into scornful invective.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He choked over passionate, incoherent invective.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • He must have had an irresistible impulse to fling more invective and threat upon Stewart, but he was speechless.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • The others, however, sought to stay the flood by invective against Marshall and, later, against his rival biographer, the Rev. Aaron Bancroft.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • He rained upon it curses from God and High Heaven, and withered it with a heat of invective that savoured of a mediaeval excommunication of the Catholic Church.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • He had casually mentioned that he thought he should call his office and tell his staff about the accident and where he was, and was instantly met with invective.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Bartle had become so excited and angry in the course of his invective that he had forgotten his supper, and only used the knife for the purpose of rapping the table with the haft.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • He had the choler of the obese, easily roused and as easily calmed, and his boys soon discovered that there was much kindliness beneath the invective with which he constantly assailed them.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • A southern dialect word, a corruption, a slur, an invective, from tizzo, he assumed, a firebrand or smoldering coal, and broadened to human dimensions in tizzone d’inferno, scoundrel, villain.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Letters of reproach and invective showered in from the creditors; and Mr Rugg, who sat upon the high stool every day and read them all, informed his client within a week that he feared there were writs out.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • It may be affirmed without the imputation of invective, that if the principles they inculcate, on various points, could so far obtain as to become the popular creed, they would utterly unfit the people of this country for any species of government whatever.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Porcupine’s Gazette was the work of an English printer and bookseller, William Cobbett, who wrote under the pen name "Peter Porcupine" and immediately demonstrated that he could be as biased, sarcastic, and full of invective as Bache, and attract no less attention.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • To that world assembly of sovereign states, the United Nations, our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support — to prevent it from becoming merely a forum for invective — to strengthen its shield of the new and the weak and to enlarge the area in which its writ may run.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You
  • Gant had already named it "The Barn"; in the morning now, after his heavy breakfast at home, he would swing gauntly toward town by way of Spring Street, composing en route the invective that he had formerly reserved to his sitting-room.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • When Louie and the others did as told, the Bird drew his sword, swung it around, and screamed orders and invectives.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • She cried day and night, and was, from excess of sorrow, less skilful and alert in her ministrations of her mistress than usual, which drew down a constant storm of invectives on her defenceless head.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • At this intelligence, the worthy Mrs. Corney muttered a variety of invectives against old women who couldn’t even die without purposely annoying their betters; and, muffling herself in a thick shawl which she hastily caught up, briefly requested Mr. Bumble to stay till she came back, lest anything particular should occur.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Mrs. Bennet, to whose apartment they all repaired, after a few minutes’ conversation together, received them exactly as might be expected; with tears and lamentations of regret, invectives against the villainous conduct of Wickham, and complaints of her own sufferings and ill-usage; blaming everybody but the person to whose ill-judging indulgence the errors of her daughter must principally be owing.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • My aunt and Mr. Dick represented the Government or the Opposition (as the case might be), and Traddles, with the assistance of Enfield’s Speakers, or a volume of parliamentary orations, thundered astonishing invectives against them.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • They hissed with frustration and spewed a continuous stream of invectives, which seemed all the more foul because of how the creatures’ hard, clacking jaws mangled the language.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • "Philip burst into one of his invectives against ’The Creation’ the other day," said Lucy, seating herself at the piano.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He occasionally broke forth into sentences composed of invectives joined together in a long string.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • As they hurled invectives, they barely looked at each other.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Thus most invectively he pierceth through The body of the country, city, court, Yea, and of this our life: swearing that we Are mere usurpers, tyrants, and what’s worse, To fright the animals, and to kill them up In their assign’d and native dwelling-place.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • [5] Ye would not spend your partial invectives against the injured and the insulted only, but, like faithful ministers, would cry aloud and SPARE NONE.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • What made the newsmen love the story was a group of stout middle-aged women who, by some curious definition of the word "mother," gathered every day to scream invectives at children.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • As soon as the visitors had crossed the low dark hall, and entered the narrow reception-room, furnished with half a dozen cane chairs, and two small card-tables, Madame Terentieff, in the shrill tones habitual to her, continued her stream of invectives.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Benjamin ceased thumbing his money, and raised his head at the instant that Hiram, who was thrown off his guard by the invectives of the hunter, unluckily trusted his person within reach of the steward, who grasped one of his legs with a hand that had the grip of a vise, and whirled the magistrate from his feet, before he had either time to collect his senses or to exercise the strength he did really possess.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
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