- The definition of invective is strong criticism, insults and abusive or insulting language.
An example of invective is when someone who is angry starts shouting abusive language and hurtful words at you.
Origin of invectiveMiddle English invectiff ; from Middle French invectif ; from Late Latin invectivus ; from Classical Latin invectus, past participle of invehere: see inveigh
- a violent verbal attack; strong criticism, insults, curses, etc.; vituperation
- an abusive term, insult, curse, etc.
- Denunciatory or abusive language; vituperation: an orator known for his abundant use of invective.
- A denunciatory or abusive expression or discourse: shouted invectives at the umpire.
Origin of invectiveFrom Middle English invectif, denunciatory, from Old French, from Late Latin invectīvus, reproachful, abusive, from Latin invectus, past participle of invehī, to inveigh against; see inveigh.
(comparative more invective, superlative most invective)
- Characterized by invection or railing.
- Tom's speeches became diatribes — each more invective than the last.
From Middle French invective, from Medieval Latin invectiva (“abusive speech”), from Latin invectīvus, from invectus, perfect passive participle of invehō (“bring in”), from in + vehō (“carry”). See vehicle, and compare with inveigh.