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invective

[ in-vek-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈvɛk tɪv /
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noun

vehement or violent denunciation, censure, or reproach.
a railing accusation; vituperation.
an insulting or abusive word or expression.

adjective

vituperative; denunciatory; censoriously abusive.

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Origin of invective

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

synonym study for invective

1. See abuse.

OTHER WORDS FROM invective

in·vec·tive·ly, adverbin·vec·tive·ness, nounun·in·vec·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for invective

invective
/ (ɪnˈvɛktɪv) /

noun

vehement accusation or denunciation, esp of a bitterly abusive or sarcastic kind

adjective

characterized by or using abusive language, bitter sarcasm, etc

Derived forms of invective

invectively, adverbinvectiveness, noun

Word Origin for invective

C15: from Late Latin invectīvus reproachful, scolding, from Latin invectus carried in; see inveigh
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