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Invection

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Invection An inveighing against; invective.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n invection Invective.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. invectio,. See Inveigh

Usage

In literature:

A torrent of invective leaped readily to her lips.
"The Deserter" by Charles King
There is not enough truth in it for an invective to rest on, still less for an argument.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
At times he has command over a magnificent number of invectives!
"Private Peat" by Harold R. Peat
Sir Thomas, even under ordinary circumstances, had a stirring gift of invective.
"All on the Irish Shore" by E. Somerville and Martin Ross
Lamentations and invective were all that remained to them.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Hence the Church and her ministers were favourite topics for their invectives.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
Drunkenness, invective against, 238.
"Shakespearean Tragedy" by A. C. Bradley
With what invectives must she not have overwhelmed him when he ceased?
"The House of the Combrays" by G. le Notre
In the midst of a torrent of invectives from every quarter, the military were challenged to fire.
"The Condition, Elevation, Emigration, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States" by Martin R. Delany
Do you remember her invectives against marriage?
"The Wings of Icarus" by Laurence Alma Tadema
The stream of her invective flowed on like a river with ever-new ripples.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
It is curious to contrast the comparative enthusiasm with which the Whartons write about Horace Walpole with the invective of Lord Macaulay.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
She heard him stumbling about, trying to find the stairs, muttering invectives against herself and her child.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White
His invective was powerful, his passion seemed genuine, his satire cut like steel and froze like ice.
"Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography" by George William Erskine Russell
Gower heaps up enormous and vague invectives; he fancies his style resembles that of the apostle in Patmos.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
Early's growing corps of assistants busy, inventing new furniture and new forms of invective.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
Trailing a stream of blue invective, he ran to the rear of the house and went down the basement stairs.
"Damned If You Don't" by Gordon Randall Garrett
But a return of invective was not thought a sufficient punishment.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
There's something infinitely comforting in the crackle and sweep and roll of heartfelt invective.
"Attrition" by Jim Wannamaker
He was quite unconscious that he was more bitter in his invective than the men he attacked.
"The Common Sense of Socialism" by John Spargo
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In poetry:

Bearing all with passive mood
While her sharp invective ran,
In cold and fearful calmness stood
A silent, melancholy man.
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
``Then must you with invectives fume and rage
All through the land, denouncing evil times,
With histrionic passion; 'tis a stage
For mountebanks and mimes—
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
Peace has come. God give his blessing
On the fact and on the name!
The South speaks no invective
And she writes no word of blame;
But we call all men to witness
That we stand up without shame.
"The Lee Memorial Ode" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Its absence is particularly acute in the world of politics where invective and personal attacks are launched from every direction.
As for the 10 that followed you all need to get more creative in your invective.
Semantic blunder in Jane Fonda column brings reader invective .
Krauthammer's columns hate-filled invective .
Vitriol, Invective At The Speed Of Light.
Vitriol, Invective At The Speed Of Light .
Liberal invective against George W Bush has not yet descended to the depths plumbed by conservatives in their crusade against the Clintons, but that isn't because nobody's trying.
Recent research suggests that swearing — as in cursing, cussing, or unleashing any stream of invective that newspaper comics would render as furious punctuation — is something more than a reflex response to life's agonies.
Recent research suggests that swearing—as in cursing, cussing, or unleashing any stream of invective that newspaper comics would render as furious punctuation—is something more than a reflex response to life's agonies.
Vitriol, Invective At The Speed Of Light.
Vitriol and invective stain American political history, but falsehoods, half-truths and innuendo now spread with the speed of light across partisan airwaves and the Internet _ the din drowning out the country's moderate political center.
Invective is an art form like any other, but it has gone out of style.
Semantic blunder in Jane Fonda column brings reader invective.
With so much invective and violence in the Middle East, the region needs the healing power of such humility and contrition.
Having been called all sorts of names as a columnist, I've got to hand it to some members of the religious right for their spirited invective.
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