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Invective

 

a harsh denunciation or satirical mockery of a real individual or group of individuals, usually accompanied by some displacement in the reality of the portrayal. Invective is characterized by a two-dimensional quality of structure and meaning, which often emphasizes personal accusations for the purpose of public denigration.

The literary forms of invective are varied and include epigrams (by Martial) and polemical articles and speeches (Cicero’s Philippics). Invective was employed by Aristophanes in the comedies Knights and Clouds, by Catullus in his lyrics, by Erasmus in Praise of Folly, and by Diderot in Rameau’s Nephew. The term “invective” is rarely used.

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In these sexual invectives, Horace's own iambic speaker is characterized as impotent.
Appendix A, entitled "The Flowering of Humanism in Florence," is the text of a lecture on the vicissitudes of three generations of Florentine humanists; Appendixes B and C, respectively, contain the list of invectives that Rao takes into consideration in his study, from Petrarch's Contra medicum to Valla's Secundum antidotum in Poggium, and a very useful repertorium of invectives.
Their dumbness having disappeared, the two beggars were hurling invectives once again.
He extends the research by reproducing the results of a survey in 199 I of German and English pupils' views on their opposite nation and reflects on the fact that only one out of a list of twenty-four judgements corresponds to the invectives found in the earlier cartoons.
Much of it consists of invectives against Franco and his repressions.
Hurling invectives such as "murdering whores" or "wives of Satan" and pushing staff into traffic.
With panic swirling around him--White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker whimpering like an incontinent lap dog, New York Fed President William Corrigan spewing invectives ("Alan, you're it .
Here is a sample, chosen (truly) at random: 'Terra ingognita: poor Rosicrucian vexing an innocent lama, trying to collar a gnat with diaphanous thread, hurling sanctimonious invectives on fir trees - burglar sent by rhyme.
His works included small-scale epics (epyllia) on mythological themes, poetic invectives and epigrams, and scholarly treatises.
The senator issued the statement in response to Duterte's latest tirade against the European Union (EU), hurling invectives at it for proposing a 'health-based' approach to the Philippines' drug problem.
While it cannot be said that Quattrocento humanist invectives make for the most gripping reading experiences (the present reviewer abandoned a projected study of invectives after barely escaping from the Poggio-Valla and Poggio-Filelfo exchanges with his wits intact), Rutherford has prepared the way for some intrepid soul in the future; his introduction, which restores the figure of Jerome as an important classical antecedent for the genre of the invective, will provide the groundwork for a more comprehensive investigation of a literary form that ranks as one of the most productive (in quantity, if not in quality) for many of the Italian humanists.
I was struck by the invectives that were used,'' Benson said.