invective


1in·vec·tive

adjective \in-ˈvek-tiv\

Definition of INVECTIVE

:  of, relating to, or characterized by insult or abuse
in·vec·tive·ly adverb
in·vec·tive·ness noun

Examples of INVECTIVE

  1. <an overbearing, bullying boss who is fond of sending invective e-mails to long-suffering assistants>

Origin of INVECTIVE

Middle English invectif, from Middle French, from Latin invectivus, from invectus, past participle of invehere
First Known Use: 15th century

2invective

noun

: harsh or insulting words : rude and angry language

Full Definition of INVECTIVE

1
:  an abusive expression or speech
2
:  insulting or abusive language :  vituperation

Examples of INVECTIVE

  1. a barrage of racist invective
  2. <hurled curses and invective at the driver who heedlessly cut them off in traffic>

First Known Use of INVECTIVE

1523

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