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They witnessed and experienced the same types of abusive events, Fenner claims.
Mary Williams filed an appeal to the IRS in tax court last year, blaming her “controlling, abusive” husband for the problem.
Gruelle's story highlights the overlooked fact that leaving an abusive relationship can be lethal.
Walters's battle to put her abusive husband behind bars is the centerpiece of Cynthia Hill's documentary.
The audience never hears from Candy again until the closing credit when a note reveals she has returned to her abusive ex.
He hurled an abusive epithet into the Colonel's face, and his right hand sought the dagger in his belt.The Coming Conquest of England|August Niemann
Slyme laughed in a sneering, incredulous way, but Sawkins was inclined to be abusive.The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|Robert Tressell
Hugh was blunt, but not so abusive as he had declared his intention to be.The Light of the Star|Hamlin Garland
In the first place, I see no such custom; and if there was such a custom, there was the most abusive misemployment of it.
We believe the practice of seizing what is called contraband of war, is an abusive practice, not founded in natural right.
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.