- 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.
invective definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle 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.
invective definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Denunciatory or abusive language; vituperation.
- Denunciatory or abusive expression or discourse.
Origin: From 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.
- in·vecˈtive·ly adverb
- in·vecˈtive·ness noun