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[mass noun] Insulting, abusive, or highly critical language.‘he let out a stream of invective’
abuse, insults, vituperation, expletives, swear words, swearing, curses, bad language, foul languagedenunciation, censure, revilement, vilification, castigation, recrimination, reproach, reproval, admonitiontongue-lashingcontumely, billingsgate, obloquyView synonyms
- ‘As is the custom at the Star Tribune, the editorial was long on invective and short on facts.’
- ‘Both load up their arguments with gobs of personal invective, which also makes me suspicious of their arguments.’
- ‘After reading your invective harangue I've only one question: What would you know of polite circles?’
- ‘A skillful public speaker who mixed invective with humour, he did not disappoint the crowd of about 500.’
- ‘The satire is so laden with invective and is so dense that I wish there was an annotated version of this book to read which would make it much easier to read.’
- ‘Rarely have I read a more bitter, laudably splenetic piece of invective.’
- ‘He has blown onto the scene in a torrent of invective, firing broadside after broadside at the crumbling bastions of public morality.’
- ‘News reaches me, however, of referees fighting back against what seems to be a tidal wave of invective and abuse hurled in their direction.’
- ‘She didn't understand this so hurled another stream of invective at me.’
- ‘Soccer worldwide makes a science of invective against match officials after any game turning decision goes against them.’
- ‘Mr Moore fired up the young crowd with a potent combination of satire, humour, invective and righteous anger.’
- ‘The wilful Welshman was quick to test his new manager, reacting to that substitution at The Valley with a stream of invective.’
- ‘Coming across like a crank, or ranting and throwing around exaggerated invective, is another.’
- ‘It didn't help, of course, not really, but at least there were no innocent bystanders around to suffer my invective.’
- ‘John is old and waiting to die but the prospect of death hasn't dulled his appetite for invective or his irreverence for the great and the good.’
- ‘The thing about Jo, and she's so graceful with it, is that she gets more bile and invective than any other comic because she's a woman.’
- ‘We've all hurled invective into voicemail's dead ears as it runs through its unholy litanies.’
- ‘Even the thought of it unleashes a stream of invective.’
- ‘The appointed writer for the day polishes them up with the appropriate invective and posts them.’
- ‘There's a long road ahead of us, and invective at this stage doesn't help us in any way.’
Late Middle English (originally as an adjective meaning ‘reviling, abusive’): from Old French invectif, -ive, from late Latin invectivus attacking, from invehere (see inveigh). The noun is from late Latin invectiva (oratio) abusive or censorious (language).
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