(In*vec"ted) a. [L. invectus carried in. See Inveigh.] (Her.) Having a border or outline composed
of semicircles with the convexity outward; the opposite of engrailed.
(In*vec"tion) n. [L. invectio. See Inveigh.] An inveighing against; invective. [Obs.] Fulke.
(In*vec"tive) a. [L. invectivus: cf. F. invectif. See Inveigh.] Characterized by invection; critical; denunciatory; satirical; abusive; railing.
(In*vec"tive), n. [F. invective.] An expression which inveighs or rails against a person; a severe
or violent censure or reproach; something uttered or written, intended to cast opprobrium, censure, or
reproach on another; a harsh or reproachful accusation; followed by against, having reference to the
person or thing affected; as, an invective against tyranny.
The world will be able to judge of his [Junius'] motives for writing such famous invectives.Sir W. Draper.
Syn. Abuse; censure; reproach; satire; sarcasm; railing; diatribe. See Abuse.
(In*vec"tive*ly), adv. In an invective manner. Shak.
(In*veigh") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Inveighed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Inveighing.] [L. invehere, invectum,
to carry or bring into or against, to attack with words, to inveigh; pref. in- in + vehere to carry. See
Vehicle, and cf. Invective.] To declaim or rail (against some person or thing); to utter censorious and
bitter language; to attack with harsh criticism or reproach, either spoken or written; to use invectives; - -
with against; as, to inveigh against character, conduct, manners, customs, morals, a law, an abuse.
All men inveighed against him; all men, except court vassals, opposed him.Milton.
The artificial life against which we inveighed.Hawthorne.