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 invect&imacron;vus, reproachful, abusive, from Latin invectus, past participle of inveh&imacron;, 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.