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Invective (noun), from Middle English invectif, or Old French and Late Latin invectus, is an abusive, reproachful or venomous language used to express blame or censure; also, a rude expression or discourse intended to offend or hurt. Vituperation, or deeply seated ill will, vitriol. Also note: Latin invectivus (adj.), 'scolding.'
The genre of invective
- Farlex Free Dictionary, "in·vec·tive"
- Princeton University, Farlex Inc. 2003-2008: "in·vec·tive (n-vktv)"
- The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003: "in·vec·tive"
- Collins Essential English Dictionary, HarperCollins Publishers 2004, 2006