What does the word invective mean?

Usage examples for invective

  1. I suppose nobody will take this discourse for an invective against the Bank of England. – An Essay Upon Projects by Daniel Defoe
  2. With a sudden down- bringing of his old but powerful hand on the top of the table before him, he seemed about to utter an oath or some angry invective. – The Millionaire Baby by Anna Katharine Green
  3. Viviette, mindful of the invective, received Lord Banstead with a smile of amusement. – Viviette by William J. Locke
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