Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Denunciatory or abusive language; vituperation.
  • n. Denunciatory or abusive expression or discourse.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by denunciatory or abusive language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An expression which inveighs or rails against a person.
  • n. A severe or violent censure or reproach.
  • n. Something spoken or written, intended to cast opprobrium, censure, or reproach on another.
  • n. A harsh or reproachful accusation.
  • adj. Characterized by invection or railing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characterized by invection; critical; denunciatory; satirical; abusive; railing.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Censoriously abusive; vituperative; denunciatory.
  • n. Vehement denunciation; an utterance of violent censure or reproach; also, a railing accusation; vituperation.
  • n. Synonyms Abuse, Invective (see abuse); Satire, Pasquinade, etc. (see lampoon); philippic, objurgation, reproach, railing, diatribe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From 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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