Definition of invective noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˈvektɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvektɪv//
[uncountable] (formal) Anger
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rude language and unpleasant remarks that somebody shouts when they are very angry The gesture infuriated him and he let out a stream of invective. a speech full of invective against the government See related entries: Anger Word Originlate Middle English (originally as an adjective meaning ‘reviling, abusive’): from Old French invectif, -ive, from late Latin invectivus ‘attacking’, from invehere, invehi ‘be carried into, assail’, from in- ‘into’ + vehere ‘carry’. The noun is from late Latin invectiva (oratio) ‘abusive or censorious (language)’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: invective