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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Definitions for invective

  1. An abusive expression or speech; a vehement verbal attack.
  2. Insulting or abusive language.
  3. Of, relating to, or characterized by insult, abuse, or denunciatory language.

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Citations for invective
But one can also note that he chose a fitting image for himself, going out in a duel of honor, armed all over with spikes of witty invective and a specialised knowledge of insult. Adrian Frazier, George Moore, 1852-1933
They all seemed to be in their usual mood of precarious good humour which could splinter at any moment into invective and menacing gesture. Alice Thomas Ellis, Pillars of Gold
Origin of invective
late Middle English
Invective comes from Late Latin invectivus, "reproachful, abusive," from Latin invectus, past participle of invehi, "to inveigh against."