invectively

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
4.
vituperative; denunciatory; censoriously abusive.

Origin:
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

invectively, adverb
invectiveness, noun
uninvective, adjective


1. contumely, scorn. See abuse.
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invective (ɪnˈvɛktɪv)
 
n
1.  vehement accusation or denunciation, esp of a bitterly abusive or sarcastic kind
 
adj
2.  characterized by or using abusive language, bitter sarcasm, etc
 
[C15: from Late Latin invectīvus reproachful, scolding, from Latin invectus carried in; see inveigh]
 
in'vectively
 
adv
 
in'vectiveness
 
n

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invective
1523, from a M.E. adj. (1430), "characterized by denunciatory language," from L.L. invectivus "abusive," from L. invectus, pp. of invehi "to attack with words" (see inveigh). For nuances of usage, see humor.
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