C15: from Late Latin invectīvus reproachful, scolding, from Latin invectus carried in; see inveigh
invective for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (ɪnvektɪv)
Invective is rude and unpleasant things that people shout at people they hate or are angry with. [formal] ⇒ A woman had hurled racist invective at the family. ⇒ Crowley maintained a stream of invective and abuse against Waite.
For Kemp had managed to stem the flood of invective by inserting a query.Meek, M R D IN REMEMBRANCE OF ROSEThe Senior Planning Officer possessed language of considerable colour and invective.Lewis, Roy A TROUT IN THE MILKHe had the gift of the public gab, and was never at a loss for a rabble-rousing piece of personal invective.Forbes, Bryan THE ENDLESS GAME"If you think your powers of invective can equal mine, you are sadly mistaken.Elizabeth Peters LION IN THE VALLEY