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Meaning of INVECTIVE

Pronunciation:  in'vektiv

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will

INVECTIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: vitriol, vituperation
 See Also: abuse, contumely, insult, revilement, vilification



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*vec"tive\, a. [L. invectivus: cf. F. invectif. See
    Characterized by invection; critical; denunciatory;
    satirical; abusive; railing.
  2. \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 accusation; -- followed by
    against, having reference to the person or thing affected; as
    an invective against tyranny.
          The world will be able to judge of his [Junius']
          motives for writing such famous invectives. --Sir W.
    Syn: Abuse; censure; reproach; satire; sarcasm; railing;
         diatribe. See {Abuse}.
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