Their crude productions, for the most part, were conspicuous rather for insolence and abusiveness than for logic or learning.
The palm for abusiveness was, however, carried off by Nicholls and Jekyll.
His answer to the offensive production flows with anger, and is harsh even to 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.