abusive

[uh-byoo-siv]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. abundantly,
  2. abury,
  3. abusage,
  4. abuse,
  5. abuser,
  6. abut,
  7. abutilon,
  8. abutment,
  9. abuttal,
  10. abuttals

Origin of abusive

From the Late Latin word abūsīvus, dating back to 1575–85. See abuse, -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for abusive

abusive

adjective

characterized by insulting or coarse language
characterized by maltreatment
incorrectly used; corrupt
Derived Formsabusively, adverbabusiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for abusive

abusive

adj.

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.

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