- 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
1. See abuse.
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Related Wordstirade, denunciation, epithet, diatribe, obloquy, blame, scurrility, condemnation, philippic, castigation, blasphemy, sarcasm, revilement, censure, contumely, accusation, billingsgate, jeremiad, reproach, tongue-lashing
Examples from the Web for invectives
And self-defeating Arab Americans will continue to regard "normalization" not as a goal, but as the most damning of invectives.Arab Americans Need Political Normalization
November 12, 2012
As always his mockery procured him a new flood of invectives.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
His invectives ate in like corrosives, his metaphors bit like adders.The Thunders of Silence
Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
His invectives and vituperations bite and flay like steel whips.Suspended Judgments
John Cowper Powys
And he ventures to express indignation at Loofs' "invectives."At the Deathbed of Darwinism
Rilth looked at him with a snarl, uttered a stream of invectives.The Butterfly Kiss
Arthur Dekker Savage
- 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 invectives
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