Definition of invective in English:

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invective

Pronunciation: /inˈvektiv/

noun

Insulting, abusive, or highly critical language: he let out a stream of invective
More 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.
Synonyms
abuse, insults, expletives, swear words, swearing, curses, foul language, foul language, vituperation;
denunciation, censure, vilification, revilement, reproach, castigation, recrimination
informal tongue-lashing, trash talk
formal obloquy, contumely

Origin

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)'.

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Syllabification: in·vec·tive

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