Definition: (n.) abusive language used to criticize;
(adj.) characterized by abuse or criticism
Synonyms: (n.) abuse, accusation, berating, censure,
tirade, defamation, belittlement, reproach,
(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."
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
inveigh 痛罵; 痛斥; 猛烈抨擊
inveigh means to rail against something with hostility and passion.
Related to vehicle, inveigh comes from Latin in- + vehere “to carry."
During the Vietnam War, war protesters held rallies where young
men burned their draft cards and inveighed against the imperialist
motives by which our country was being driven and the war’s
escalation without its ever being properly authorized in Congress.
inveigle 引誘; 誘惑; 哄騙
She inveigled him into the house and robbed him while he slept.
He inveigled them into buying a new car, even though they didn’t
really want one.
internecine strife, war, conflict, etc 兩敗俱傷的爭鬥﹑ 戰爭﹑ 衝突等
intransigence [ɪn’trænsɪdʒəns ,-zɪ-]
不妥協; 不讓步; 強硬
If you refuse to compromise with your sister about whose
turn it is to do the dishes, your mother might accuse you both
ofintransigence. Intransigence is a stubborn refusal to change
Inside of intransigence you see the Latin transigere which
means to come to an understanding. People who show intransigence
refuse to do this. Nations are often accused of intransigence when they
refuse to comply with international standards or will.
The coalition government has had eight months to prepareits response to the banking industry’s intransigence.
In Brussels, however, the efforts of Mr Abbas and his aideshave been slightly more successful, reflecting growing frustrationat Israeli intransigence on settlement building.
a. 1. 勇敢的; 大膽的; 無畏的; 堅韌不拔的 the intrepid mountaineers 勇敢的登山家
Achilles was a brilliant and intrepid warrior.
(brave, heroic, daring)
The intrepid reporter did not let fear of retribution stand in the
way of delivering a story she believed would improve people’s lives.
After the market crash, only a handful of intrepid investors put
money in tech-stocks. (undaunted, bold)
The intrepid journalist often reported from deep in the war zone,
but never seemed afraid for her life. (fearless, perseverant)