Etymology
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invective (n.)

"an attacking in words," 1520s, from Medieval Latin invectiva "abusive speech," from Late Latin invectivus "abusive, scolding" from invect-, past-participle stem of invehere "to bring in, carry in, introduce," also "assault, assail," from in- "against" (see in- (1)) + vehere "to carry" (from PIE root *wegh- "to go, move, transport in a vehicle"). For nuances of usage, see humor (n.). The earlier noun form in English was inveccion (mid-15c.), and invective (adj.) was in Middle English.

updated on March 06, 2019

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Definitions of invective from WordNet

invective (n.)
abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will;
Synonyms: vituperation / vitriol
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