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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. See abuse.
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  • The flood of invective which had been accumulating in Mr. Peck's system all the afternoon now broke its bounds.

    The Go-Getter Peter B. Kyne
  • Then there was a current of curses, a swift hissing of invective.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He was full of self-vindication, full of invective against his fellows, full of mistaken thoughts about God.

    The All-Sufficiency of Christ Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • Not succeeding, he raised his free arm in a flurry of invective.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • The unwieldy three-decker of the invective should be reduced to the manageable form of the epistolary torpedo and gunboat.

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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