Definition of invective in English:

invective

noun

mass noun
  • Insulting, abusive, or highly critical language.

    ‘he let out a stream of invective’
    • ‘She didn't understand this so hurled another stream of invective at me.’
    • ‘Both load up their arguments with gobs of personal invective, which also makes me suspicious of their arguments.’
    • ‘The satire is so laden with invective and is so dense that I wish there was an annotated version of this book to read which would make it much easier to read.’
    • ‘News reaches me, however, of referees fighting back against what seems to be a tidal wave of invective and abuse hurled in their direction.’
    • ‘The wilful Welshman was quick to test his new manager, reacting to that substitution at The Valley with a stream of invective.’
    • ‘Soccer worldwide makes a science of invective against match officials after any game turning decision goes against them.’
    • ‘The thing about Jo, and she's so graceful with it, is that she gets more bile and invective than any other comic because she's a woman.’
    • ‘It didn't help, of course, not really, but at least there were no innocent bystanders around to suffer my invective.’
    • ‘As is the custom at the Star Tribune, the editorial was long on invective and short on facts.’
    • ‘Coming across like a crank, or ranting and throwing around exaggerated invective, is another.’
    • ‘Mr Moore fired up the young crowd with a potent combination of satire, humour, invective and righteous anger.’
    • ‘Rarely have I read a more bitter, laudably splenetic piece of invective.’
    • ‘After reading your invective harangue I've only one question: What would you know of polite circles?’
    • ‘The appointed writer for the day polishes them up with the appropriate invective and posts them.’
    • ‘A skillful public speaker who mixed invective with humour, he did not disappoint the crowd of about 500.’
    • ‘He has blown onto the scene in a torrent of invective, firing broadside after broadside at the crumbling bastions of public morality.’
    • ‘There's a long road ahead of us, and invective at this stage doesn't help us in any way.’
    • ‘John is old and waiting to die but the prospect of death hasn't dulled his appetite for invective or his irreverence for the great and the good.’
    • ‘We've all hurled invective into voicemail's dead ears as it runs through its unholy litanies.’
    • ‘Even the thought of it unleashes a stream of invective.’
    abuse, insults, vituperation, expletives, swear words, swearing, curses, bad language, foul language
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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)’.

Pronunciation

invective

/ɪnˈvɛktɪv/