abusive

  • 1 abusive — abu·sive /ə byü siv, ziv/ adj 1: characterized by wrong or improper use or action abusive tax shelters 2: inflicting verbal or physical abuse abusive parents abu·sive·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of L …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Abusive — A*bu sive, a. [Cf. F. abusif, fr. L. abusivus.] 1. Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied. [1913 Webster] I am . . . necessitated to use the word Parliament improperly, according to the abusive acceptation thereof. Fuller. [1913 Webster] 2. Given to …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 abusive — abusive, opprobrious, vituperative, contumelious, scurrilous apply chiefly to language or utterances and to persons as they employ such language: the words agree in meaning coarse, insulting, and contemptuous in character or utterance. Abusive… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 abusive — UK US /əˈbjuːsɪv/ adjective ► using rude and offensive words: »She was sacked for sending an abusive email to a colleague. »abusive calls/comments/language ► involving bad or wrong use of something or treatment of someone, especially for your own …

    Financial and business terms

  • 5 Abusive — (lat.), s. u. Abusus …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 6 Abusīve — (lat.), mißbräuchlich …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 7 abusive — (adj.) 1530s (implied in abusively), originally improper, from Fr. abusif, from L. abusivus, from abus , pp. stem of abuti (see ABUSE (Cf. abuse) (v.)). Meaning full of abuse is from 1580s. Abuseful was used 17c., and Shakespeare has abusious (… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 abusive — [adj] exhibiting unkind behavior or words calumniating, castigating, censorious, contumelious, defamatory, derisive, disparaging, insolent, insulting, invective, libelous, maligning, obloquious, offensive, opprobrious, reproachful, reviling, rude …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 abusive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) extremely offensive and insulting. 2) involving cruelty and violence. DERIVATIVES abusively adverb abusiveness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 abusive — [ə byo͞o′siv; ] also [, ə byo͞o′ziv] adj. [Fr abusif < L abusivus < abusus: see ABUSE] 1. involving or characterized by abuse or misuse; abusing; mistreating 2. coarse and insulting in language; scurrilous; harshly scolding abusively adv.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 abusive — [[t]əbju͟ːsɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is abusive behaves in a cruel and violent way towards other people. He became violent and abusive toward Ben s mother. ...her cruel and abusive husband. 2) ADJ GRADED Abusive language is extremely rude …

    English dictionary

  • 12 abusive — adjective Date: 1583 1. characterized by wrong or improper use or action; especially corrupt < abusive financial practices > 2. a. using harsh insulting language < an angry and abusive crowd > b. characterized …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 abusive — abusively, adv. abusiveness, n. /euh byooh siv/, adj. 1. using, containing, or characterized by harshly or coarsely insulting language: an abusive author; abusive remarks. 2. treating badly or injuriously; mistreating, esp. physically: his… …

    Universalium

  • 14 abusive — adj. abusive to (he became abusive to his guests) * * * [ə bjuːsɪv] abusive to (he became abusive to his guests) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 abusive — a|bu|sive [ ə bjusıv ] adjective 1. ) using offensive or insulting language: abusive remarks When we asked him to leave he became abusive. 2. ) treating someone in a cruel or violent way: an abusive parent/husband/wife a ) used for describing… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 abusive — UK [əˈbjuːsɪv] / US [əˈbjusɪv] adjective 1) using offensive or insulting language abusive remarks When we asked him to leave, he became abusive. 2) a) treating someone in a cruel or violent way an abusive parent/husband/wife b) used for… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 abusive — ● abusif, abusive adjectif (bas latin abusivus) Qui est exagéré, qui dépasse une limite convenable : Un emploi abusif de médicaments. Qui constitue un abus, qui est répréhensible : Privilège abusif. Se dit de quelqu un qui, abusant de liens… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 18 abusive — [əˈbjuːsɪv] adj 1) offensive or insulting Syn: rude abusive language[/ex] When we asked him to leave, he became abusive.[/ex] 2) treating someone in a cruel way, either by being violent or by forcing them to have sex an abusive parent[/ex]… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 19 abusive — /əˈbjusɪv/ (say uh byoohsiv) adjective 1. using harsh words or ill treatment: an abusive author. 2. characterised by or containing abuse: an abusive satire. 3. wrongly used; corrupt: an abusive exercise of power. –abusively, adverb –abusiveness,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 abusive — adjective /əˈbuːsɪv/ a) Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied. I am ... necessitated to use the word Parliament improperly, according to the abusive acceptation thereof. Fuller b) Given to misusing; also, full of abuses. , The abusive prerogatives… …

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