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.
Some ran away from abusive families and fell into the clutches of traffickers they met on the road.
Suffering a brain injury as a result of gang violence or an abusive home is very different than one on the football field.
His mother was English, but his father was Irish-American, an abusive character with an intimidating presence.
They were not only plain but abusive, and he complained bitterly to Hamar.
You are abusive, Ctesippus, said Dionysodorus, you are abusive!
But, strange to say, in spite of his being so abusive, his eyes wandered about uneasily.
The deputy followed me, indulging in a tirade of most abusive language.
They are rather names of disease, for they express some element in excess, some dangerous and abusive exaggeration.
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.