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Definition abusive or venomous language — usually expressing criticism or deep-seated ill will
  • Her idea of debate is to hurl completely unsupported personal invective.
  • her invective-filled tweets
  • He simply murmured, "Her use of bathroom invective leaves nothing to the imagination."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • invective = insulting language
  • 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
  • invective = abusive or venomous language
  • Strickland employed not the rapier of sarcasm but the bludgeon of invective.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • I checked the half-uttered invective, and scornfully turned away, regretting that I had given him so much amusement.
    Bronte, Anne  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • Lady Bertram listened without much interest to this sort of invective.
    Austen, Jane  --  Mansfield Park
  • Breathe out invectives 'gainst the officers.
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 3
  • He occasionally broke forth into sentences composed of invectives joined together in a long string.
    Crane, Stephen  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • MANY have made witty invectives against usury.
    Bacon, Sir Francis  --  The Essays
  • From behind the shaking curtains came one volley of invective.
    Kipling, Rudyard  --  Kim
  • to prevent it from becoming merely a forum for invective.
    Kennedy, John F.  --  John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address
  • A moment later the attention of each was called to Plesser by a volley of invective.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  Out of Time's Abyss
  • They were wholly deaf to my arguments, or failed to perceive their force, and fell into a strain of invective that was irresistible.
    Thoreau, Henry David  --  Walden & on the Duty of Civil Disobedience
  • With a final scream of jungle invective and an apelike grimace at his departing foe, Tarzan continued along his way.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  Jungle Tales of Tarzan
  • The opening was a sound piece of slashing invective about the evil secrets of princes, and despair in the high places of the earth.
    Chesterton, Gilbert K.  --  The Wisdom Of Father Brown
  • What was meant by the invective against him who had no music in his soul?
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  Poems
  • So they stood there facing one another, making all sorts of hideous noises the while they hurled jungle invective back and forth.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar
  • It is folly for an eminent person to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected by it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age, have passed through this fiery persecution. There is no defense against reproach but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness, as satires and invectives were an essential part of a Roman triumph.
    Joseph Addison
  • Horser, with a stream of magnificent invectives, obeyed the summons.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Yellow Crayon

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