invective

[in-vek-tiv]
noun
  1. vehement or violent denunciation, censure, or reproach.
  2. a railing accusation; vituperation.
  3. an insulting or abusive word or expression.
adjective
  1. vituperative; denunciatory; censoriously abusive.

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
Related formsin·vec·tive·ly, adverbin·vec·tive·ness, nounun·in·vec·tive, adjective

Synonyms for invective

Synonym study

1. See abuse.
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British Dictionary definitions for invectives

invective

noun
  1. vehement accusation or denunciation, esp of a bitterly abusive or sarcastic kind
adjective
  1. characterized by or using abusive language, bitter sarcasm, etc
Derived Formsinvectively, adverbinvectiveness, noun

Word Origin for invective

C15: from Late Latin invectīvus reproachful, scolding, from Latin invectus carried in; see inveigh
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Word Origin and History for invectives

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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