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abusive

[ uh-byoo-siv ]
/ əˈbyu sɪv /
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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.

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Nearby words

abundantly, abury, abusage, abuse, abuser, abusive, abut, abutilon, abutment, abuttal, abuttals

Origin of abusive

From the Late Latin word abūsīvus, dating back to 1575–85. See abuse, -ive
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Examples from the Web for abusiveness

  • The palm for abusiveness was, however, carried off by Nicholls and Jekyll.

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  • His answer to the offensive production flows with anger, and is harsh even to abusiveness.

  • Their crude productions, for the most part, were conspicuous rather for insolence and abusiveness than for logic or learning.

British Dictionary definitions for abusiveness

abusive

/ (əˈbjuːsɪv) /

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 abusiveness

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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