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Then there was a current of curses, a swift hissing of invective.

Now the hard-hearted Bella interlards her speech with invective!

I could not endure to change my invective into panegyric all at once, and so soon.

Not succeeding, he raised his free arm in a flurry of invective.

At home and abroad he exhausted himself in invective, in exhortation.

The next moment I was beyond the reach of his insolence and his invective.

Strickland employed not the rapier of sarcasm but the bludgeon of invective.

She began her invective with the following Magyar "quousque tandem!"

In impotent rage the discomfited Jews resorted to invective and calumny.

They have assailed his memory with invective that does not stop short at false statement.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, from Medieval Latin invectiva "abusive speech," from Late Latin invectivus "abusive," from Latin invectus, past participle of invehi "to attack with words" (see inveigh). For nuances of usage, see humor. The earlier noun form was inveccion (mid-15c.).

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