- Insulting, abusive, or highly critical language: he let out a stream of invectiveMore example sentences
- Even the thought of it unleashes a stream of invective.
- News reaches me, however, of referees fighting back against what seems to be a tidal wave of invective and abuse hurled in their direction.
- He has blown onto the scene in a torrent of invective, firing broadside after broadside at the crumbling bastions of public morality.
late Middle English (originally as an adjective meaning 'reviling, abusive'): from Old French invectif, -ive, from late Latin invectivus 'attacking', from invehere (see inveigh). The noun is from late Latin invectiva (oratio) 'abusive or censorious (language)'.