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Invective (from Middle English invectif, or Old French and Late Latin invectus) is abusive, reproachful, or venomous language used to express blame or censure; or, a form of rude expression or discourse intended to offend or hurt;[1][2][3] vituperation, or deeply seated ill will, vitriol.[clarification needed] The Latin adjective invectivus means 'scolding.'[citation needed]

The genre of invective[edit]

The "genre of invective" or "invective (genre)" is a form of classical libel used in Greek and Roman polemical verse. The preferred literary term for invective of the Renaissance is libel.

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  1. ^ "in·vec·tive." The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. 2000, 2003 Houghton Mifflin Company.
  2. ^ "invective." Collins Essential English Dictionary, 2004, 2006. HarperCollins Publishers.
  3. ^ "invective." WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection.(sic) 2003-2008. Princeton University,, Farlex Inc. 13 May 2017 Note: This MLA format citation (which provided the most information regarding this unusual citation) was provided on the web page.