"Invective" (in-VEK-tiv) – from the Latin for "to inveigh against" – is insulting or abusive language.

Example (as used by Leonard Garment in In Search of Deep Throat): "One evening John Mitchell, slightly in his cups, let loose at [Judy] Whalen with a mess of invective about writers, their inflated notion of their importance to political campaigns, and the need to keep them in their place."

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