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invective

Definition:

an abusive or venomous language used to express blame, censure, or bitter, deep-seated ill will

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

invectives

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

a Middle English adjective (early 15th century) meaning "characterized by...
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Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

invective | invectively [adverb, derived]

vehement accusation or denunciation, especially of a bitterly abusive or sarcastic kind | characterized by or using abusive language, bitter sarcasm, ... (20 of 390 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

invective [entry 1, adjective] | contumelious [synonym] | abusive [synonym] | opprobrious [synonym] | scurrile [synonym] | scurrilous [synonym] | truculent [synonym] | vitriolic [synonym] | vituperative [synonym] | ...

of, relating to, or characterized by insult or abuse (9 of 126 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/invective

invective [entry 2, noun] | vituperation [synonym, sense-specific] | billingsgate [synonym, sense-specific] | fulmination [synonym, sense-specific] | abuse [synonym, sense-specific] | obloquy [synonym, sense-specific] | scurrility [synonym, sense-specific] | vitriol [synonym, sense-specific] | blackguardism [similar, sense-specific] | ...

an abusive expression or speech | insulting or abusive language; "vituperation" (10 of 118 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

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Oxford Dictionary:

invective

insulting, abusive, or highly critical language (6 of 75 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

invective | invectively [adverb, related] | invectiveness [noun, related]

Denunciatory or abusive language; vituperation. | Denunciatory or abusive expression or discourse. | Of, relating to, or characterized by denunciatory ... (18 of 57 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

invective | invectively [adverb, related] | invectiveness [noun, related]

inveighing; using, inclined to use, or characterized by strong verbal abuse | a violent verbal attack; strong criticism, insults, curses, etc.; ... (20 of 50 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

invective | invectives [plural] | abusive [synonym, sense-specific] | critical [synonym, sense-specific] | denunciatory [synonym, sense-specific] | satirical [synonym, sense-specific] | vitriolic [synonym, sense-specific] | vituperative [synonym, sense-specific]

An expression which inveighs or rails against a person. | A severe or violent censure or reproach. | Something spoken or written, intended to cast opprobrium, censure, or reproach on another. | A harsh or reproachful accusation. | Characterized by ... (36 of 46 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/invective

Random House Dictionary:

invective

vehement or violent denunciation, censure, or reproach. | a railing accusation; vituperation. | an insulting or abusive word or expression. | ... (18 of 31 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/invective

Cambridge Dictionary:

invective [formal]

criticism that is very forceful, unkind and often rude (9 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

invective [uncountable, formal]

insulting language or swearing (4 of 29 words, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Sulfuric acid | sulphuric acid | oil of vitriol | Oil of vitriol [synonym] | H2SO4 [chemical formula]

a highly corrosive strong mineral acid with the molecular formula H2SO4. It's a pungent-ethereal, colorless to slightly yellow viscous liquid which is soluble in water at all concentrations. Sometimes, it may be dark brown as... (35 of 6286 words, 11 images)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

vitriol [chemical compound]

any of certain hydrated sulfates or sulfuric acid. Most of the vitriols have important and varied industrial uses. Blue, or roman, vitriol is cupric ... (24 of 68 words, 2 images)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

sulfuric acid | contact process | lead chamber process | oil of vitriol | sulphuric acid | sulfuric acids | H2SO4 [chemical formula] | oleum

chemical compound, ..., colorless, odorless, extremely corrosive, oily liquid. It's sometimes called oil of vitriol. (15 of 20 words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

invective

abusive or violent language used to attack, blame, or denounce somebody | using abusive language (14 of 46 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861622200​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

invective

First use: 1520s

Origin: a Middle English adjective (early 15th century) meaning "characterized by denunciatory language", from Late Latin invectivus "abusive", from ... (19 of 43 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

invective

Origin: late Middle English (originally as an adjective meaning "reviling, abusive"): from Old French invectif, -ive, from late Latin ... (18 of 36 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

invective

Origin: From Middle English invectif, denunciatory, from Old French, from Late Latin invectīvus, reproachful, abusive, from ... (15 of 26 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

invective | invectives [plural]

Origin: Latin invectīvus, from invectus, perfect passive participle of invehō ("bring in"), from in + vehō ("carry"). See vehicle, and compare with inveigh.

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New World Dictionary:

invective

Origin: Middle English invectiff from Middle French invectif from Late Latin invectivus from Latin invectus, past participle of invehere: see "inveigh"

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Collins Dictionary:

invective

First use: 15th century

Origin: from Late Latin invectīvus reproachful, scolding, from Latin invectus carried in; see inveigh

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/invective

Merriam-Webster:

invective [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English invectif, from Middle French, from Latin invectivus, from invectus, past participle of invehere

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Encarta Dictionary:

invective

First use: 15th century

Origin: Directly or via French from late Latin invectivus "abusive" from Latin invehere "carry in" from vehere "carry"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861622200​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

invective | invectives [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "invective"

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Collins Dictionary:

invective

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "invective"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

invective [uncountable, formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "invective"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

invective [uncountable, formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "invective"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

invective [formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "invective"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "invective"

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the Free Dictionary:

invective

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Google Dictionary:

invective

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

invective

Audio: North American pronunciation of "invective"

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YourDictionary Audio:

invective

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