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invective (noun) abuse.

Invective is simply abuse. The rude words and the unpleasant language we use against someone when we are very angry with them are invective. People use invective in their writings also. That is, they abuse people when they attack them in writing. The candidates for the election let out invective against each other instead of criticizing each other's policies; that is, they abused each other instead of pointing out the merits of their policies and the defects of the other's policies.

  • The writers of the 18th century English literature used satire as a means of invective against their enemies. Though of some literary value, these satires are remembered more for their abuse of their opponents.
  • The invective she used against him really shocked him. He expected her to be cultured enough not to indulge in such abuse.
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