I. adjective Etymology: Middle English invectif, from Middle French, from Latin invectivus, from invectus, past participle of invehere Date: 15th century of, relating to, or characterized by insult or abuse • invectively adverbinvectiveness noun II. noun Date: 1523 1. an abusive expression or speech 2. insulting or abusive language ; vituperation Synonyms: see abuse

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  • invective — [ ɛ̃vɛktiv ] n. f. • 1404; bas lat. invectivae (orationes) « (discours) agressifs », de invehi « attaquer » ♦ Parole ou suite de paroles violentes contre qqn ou qqch. ⇒ injure, insulte. Se répandre en invectives contre qqn. Invectives contre les… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • invective — INVECTIVE. s. f. Discours fort & vehement contre quelque personne ou contre quelque chose. Grande invective. sanglante, longue, furieuse invective. invective bien aigre. faire une invective contre quelqu un. un plaidoyer plein d invectives. il s… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Invective — (noun), from Middle English invectif , or Old French and Late Latin invectus , is an abusive, reproachful or venomous language used to express blame or censure; also, a rude expression or discourse intended to offend or hurt. Vituperation, or… …   Wikipedia

  • Invective — In*vec tive, n. [F. invective.] An expression which inveighs or rails against a person; a severe or violent censure or reproach; something uttered or written, intended to cast opprobrium, censure, or reproach on another; a harsh or reproachful… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Invective — In*vec tive, a. [L. invectivus: cf. F. invectif. See {Inveigh}.] Characterized by invection; critical; denunciatory; satirical; abusive; railing. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • invective — index aspersion, condemnation (blame), contumely, correction (punishment), defamation, denunciation …   Law dictionary

  • invective — (n.) 1520s, from M.L. invectiva abusive speech, from L.L. invectivus abusive, from L. invectus, pp. of invehi to attack with words (see INVEIGH (Cf. inveigh)). For nuances of usage, see HUMOR (Cf. humor). The earlier noun form was inveccion (mid… …   Etymology dictionary

  • invective — *abuse, vituperation, obloquy, scurrility, billingsgate Analogous words: vilifying or vilification, maligning, calumniation, traducing (see corresponding verbs at MALIGN): *animadversion, stricture, aspersion, reflection …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • invective — [n] verbal abuse accusation, berating, billingsgate, blame, blasphemy, castigation, censure, condemnation, contumely, denunciation, diatribe, epithet, jeremiad, obloquy, philippic, reproach, revilement, sarcasm, scurrility, tirade, tongue… …   New thesaurus

  • invective — Invective, Inuectio, Inuectiua …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • invective — ► NOUN ▪ strongly abusive or critical language. ORIGIN Latin invectivus attacking , from invehere (see INVEIGH(Cf. ↑inveigh)) …   English terms dictionary

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