V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, adjective

Definition: (n.) abusive language used to criticize; (adj.) characterized by abuse or criticism

Synonyms: (n.) abuse, accusation, berating, censure, tirade, defamation, belittlement, reproach, vituperation, (adj.) reproachful, abusive, defamatory, accusatory

Antonyms: (n.) flattery, praise, respect

Tips: Invective is derived from the Latin invectus, which means "to attack with words." An invective is an attack using words. Language described as invective is harsh, abusive, and often defamatory. Invective is a more sophisticated way of saying "verbal attack" or "abusive words."

Usage Examples:

The demonstrators began to use threats and invectives to make their point. (defamation, belittlement) noun

During the argument, invectives were shouted by both men. (abusive words) noun

His characterization of me was downright invective, and I won't stand for that kind of attack. (abusive, defamatory) adjective

The debate was full of invectives, and it was clear that the two men really hated each other. (accusations, attacks) noun

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