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date: 15 August 2020

invective (Lat. vituperatio; Gk. ψόγος‎) 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
Author(s):
Sarah BondSarah Bond, Oliver NicholsonOliver Nicholson

Literary genre characterized by rhetorical abuse, and so the reverse of the *praise offered in *panegyric oratory, whose principal themes it frequently inverted. By comparing individual political figures to accepted political ideals, the extent of their shortcomings could be represented (Flower, 28). Such shortcomings might be serious, such as ... ...

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