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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for un 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 un invective
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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