- using, containing, or characterized by harshly or coarsely insulting language: an abusive author; abusive remarks.
- treating badly or injuriously; mistreating, especially physically: his abusive handling of the horse.
- wrongly used; corrupt: an abusive exercise of power.
Origin of abusive
Examples from the Web for abusiveness
The palm for abusiveness was, however, carried off by Nicholls and Jekyll.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
Their crude productions, for the most part, were conspicuous rather for insolence and abusiveness than for logic or learning.
His answer to the offensive production flows with anger, and is harsh even to abusiveness.
- characterized by insulting or coarse language
- characterized by maltreatment
- incorrectly used; corrupt
Word Origin and History for abusiveness
1530s (implied in abusively), originally "improper," from Middle French abusif, from Latin abusivus, from abus-, past participle stem of abuti (see abuse (v.)). Meaning "full of abuse" is from 1580s. Abuseful was used 17c., and Shakespeare has abusious ("Taming of the Shrew," 1594). Related: Abusiveness.