Origin of invective
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.
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|Amanda Marcotte|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tim Teeman|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A lot of invective has been thrown their way, but that one company spends about $50 million a year on R&D.
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|Tricia Romano|June 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Accordingly he is not sparing of invective against those who so disparage his race.
He may use no invective in that exercise onles it be with sobrietie in confuting heresyes.The Works of John Knox, Volume 2 (of 6)|John Knox
It is supposed to be the most violent piece of invective ever produced by human ingenuity and human anger.The Life of Cicero|Anthony Trollope
Yet invective singles him out for its one object, and so betrays the aforethought malice of its inspiration.The Life of Cesare Borgia|Raphael Sabatini
His invective is poured from his heart's depths, and thrills with the force of the Latin orators of the ruined Forum.Critical Studies|Ouida
British Dictionary definitions for invective
Word Origin for invective
Word Origin and History for invective
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.).