- vehement or violent denunciation, censure, or reproach.
- a railing accusation; vituperation.
- an insulting or abusive word or expression.
- vituperative; denunciatory; censoriously abusive.
Origin of invective
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1. contumely, scorn.
1. See abuse.
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Examples from the Web for invective
The local government, despite all the invective directed at its leadership, seems to be functioning normally for the moment.Hong Kong Between Calm and Chaos
October 3, 2014
As an insult, which is absolutely what it is, it satisfyingly rolls off the tongue, as all invective should.Let’s Put an End to ‘THOT’: The Misogynistic Phrase That’s Sweeping the Nation
June 23, 2014
Compliments would earn their deliverer a stream of invective, while an insult or dirty joke “would earn his respect.”Paddy Chayefsky: The Dark Prophet of ‘Network’ News
February 16, 2014
A lot of invective has been thrown their way, but that one company spends about $50 million a year on R&D.It’s in the Genes
June 13, 2013
Her piece is a colorful collection of insults, long on invective and heavy on the adjectives.Deadline Hollywood Editor in Chief Nikki Finke’s 8 Greatest Freakouts
June 4, 2013
Then there was a current of curses, a swift hissing of invective.Way of the Lawless
Now the hard-hearted Bella interlards her speech with invective!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I could not endure to change my invective into panegyric all at once, and so soon.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Not succeeding, he raised his free arm in a flurry of invective.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
At home and abroad he exhausted himself in invective, in exhortation.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- vehement accusation or denunciation, esp of a bitterly abusive or sarcastic kind
- characterized by or using abusive language, bitter sarcasm, etc
C15: from Late Latin invectīvus reproachful, scolding, from Latin invectus carried in; see inveigh
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Word Origin and History for invective
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