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invective

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n invective abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Invective An expression which inveighs or rails against a person; a severe or violent censure or reproach; something uttered or written, intended to cast opprobrium, censure, or reproach on another; a harsh or reproachful accusation; -- followed by against, having reference to the person or thing affected; as, an invective against tyranny. "The world will be able to judge of his [Junius'] motives for writing such famous invectives ."
    • a Invective Characterized by invection; critical; denunciatory; satirical; abusive; railing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • invective Censoriously abusive; vituperative; denunciatory.
    • n invective Vehement denunciation; an utterance of violent censure or reproach; also, a railing accusation; vituperation.
    • n invective Synonyms Abuse, Invective (see abuse); Satire, Pasquinade, etc. (see lampoon); philippic, objurgation, reproach, railing, diatribe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Invective in-vek′tiv a severe or reproachful accusation brought against any one: an attack with words: a violent utterance of censure: sarcasm, or satire
    • adj Invective railing: abusive: satirical
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. invectivus,: cf. F. invectif,. See Inveigh

Usage

In literature:

In the heat of debate, he was often guilty of harsh, bitter invective.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
The invectives with which the argument was accompanied produced a widely-spread irritation.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
If I had been as great a master of invective and satire as Roscoe Conkling I might have said more.
"T. De Witt Talmage" by T. De Witt Talmage
But the tenor of all his subsequent discourse is one continued invective against the government.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Sudden stormy changes, from indifference to ferocity, from irony to invective, were characteristic of the man.
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
His sarcasm and invective upon such occasions was withering, and his vehemence daring and terrible.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Finally, he relies too much upon sarcasm and personal invective as agents.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 74, December, 1863" by Various
He displays Juvenal's violence of invective without his other redeeming qualities.
"English Satires" by Various
Argent, a bend gules, invected between two hurts.
"The Manual of Heraldry; Fifth Edition" by Anonymous
INVECTIVE AGAINST NIETSCHE'S PHILOSOPHY.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Fadeaway again cautioned him as he became loud in his invective against his brother.
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
Finding his prisoner cowed he launched some strong invectives at him.
"Tales from Many Sources" by Various
Through the columns of his paper he poured out much bitter invective.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
For many years after the Restoration they were the theme of unmeasured invective and derision.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III" by Various
Accordingly he is not sparing of invective against those who so disparage his race.
"Notes and Queries, Number 69, February 22, 1851" by Various
Grimm evidently was about to pursue the flying foe with fresh invective.
"The Return of Peter Grimm" by David Belasco
They tiptoed up the stairs and got behind a pile of crates in the shadows, while invectives roared around them.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Bill's reward was a storm of invectives, accompanied by a shower of blows with the knotted end of the halter.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
Hence the storm of invective which his observations raised.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
Even the polished and elaborate invective of Junius would have been out of place.
"Swift" by Leslie Stephen
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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 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.
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.
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.
But it is a measure of El Barrio 's basic values that its business and cultural leaders responded to the slight not with angry invective, but with persuasion.
Semantic blunder in Jane Fonda column brings reader invective.
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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