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invective

[in-vek-tiv] /ɪnˈvɛk tɪv/
noun
1.
vehement or violent denunciation, censure, or reproach.
2.
a railing accusation; vituperation.
3.
an insulting or abusive word or expression.
adjective
4.
vituperative; denunciatory; censoriously abusive.
Origin of invective
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin invectīvus abusive, equivalent to Latin invect(us) (past participle of invehī to attack with words, inveigh) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
invectively, adverb
invectiveness, noun
uninvective, adjective
Synonyms
1. contumely, scorn.
Synonym Study
1. See abuse.
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  • Then there was a current of curses, a swift hissing of invective.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Now the hard-hearted Bella interlards her speech with invective!

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • I could not endure to change my invective into panegyric all at once, and so soon.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for invective

invective

/ɪnˈvɛktɪv/
noun
1.
vehement accusation or denunciation, esp of a bitterly abusive or sarcastic kind
adjective
2.
characterized by or using abusive language, bitter sarcasm, etc
Derived Forms
invectively, adverb
invectiveness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin invectīvus reproachful, scolding, from Latin invectus carried in; see inveigh
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Word Origin and History for invective
n.

1520s, from Medieval Latin invectiva "abusive speech," from Late Latin invectivus "abusive," from Latin invectus, past participle of invehi "to attack with words" (see inveigh). For nuances of usage, see humor. The earlier noun form was inveccion (mid-15c.).

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