Origin of abusive
Examples from the Web for abusively
Historical Examples of abusively
I was told that he is still talking angrily and abusively of us, and I was indignant.War's Brighter Side
We know men who have what may be styled, and what sometimes is abusively styled, a double life.The Will to Doubt
Alfred H. Lloyd
He is neither piously inclined, nor hysterically fearful, nor abusively rebellious—he simply waits his fate.My Experiences as an Executioner
Even upon an Assembly numerically limited, this innovation would have told most abusively.
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.