Invective vs Excoriate - What's the difference?

invective | excoriate |

As verbs the difference between invective and excoriate

is that invective is while excoriate is to wear off the skin of; to chafe or flay.




(en noun)
  • An expression which inveighs or rails against a person.
  • A severe or violent censure or reproach.
  • Something spoken or written, intended to cast opprobrium, censure, or reproach on another.
  • *'>citation
  • A harsh or reproachful accusation.
  • Politics can raise invective to a low art.


    (en adjective)
  • Characterized by invection or railing.
  • Tom's speeches became diatribes — each more invective than the last.


    * (characterized by invection or railing) abusive, critical, denunciatory, satirical, vitriolic, vituperative (Webster 1913) ----




  • To wear off the skin of; to chafe or flay.
  • To strongly denounce or censure.
  • * 2004 , , Iron Council , 2005 Trade paperback ed., ISBN 0-345-45842-7. p. 464:
  • Madeleina di Farja had described Ori, and Cutter had envisaged an angry, frantic, pugnacious boy eager to fight, excoriating his comrades for supposed quiescence.
  • * 2006 , Patrick Healy " Spitzer and Clinton Win in N.Y. Primary," New York Times , 13 Sep. (retrieved 7 Oct. 2008):
  • Mr. Green, a former city public advocate and candidate for mayor in 2001, ran ads excoriating Mr. Cuomo’s ethics.


    * (to wear off the skin of) abrade, chafe, flay * (to strongly denounce or censure) condemn, disparage, reprobate, tear a strip off

    Derived terms

    * excoriator * excoriation


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