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abusive

[uh-byoo-siv] /əˈbyu sɪv/
adjective
1.
using, containing, or characterized by harshly or coarsely insulting language:
an abusive author; abusive remarks.
2.
treating badly or injuriously; mistreating, especially physically:
his abusive handling of the horse.
3.
wrongly used; corrupt:
an abusive exercise of power.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Late Latin abūsīvus. See abuse, -ive
Related forms
abusively, adverb
abusiveness, noun
nonabusive, adjective
nonabusively, adverb
nonabusiveness, noun
overabusive, adjective
overabusively, adverb
overabusiveness, noun
unabusive, adjective
unabusively, adverb
unabusiveness, noun
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  • In meetings with the cast and his staff, he could be abusive and intimidating.
British Dictionary definitions for abusive

abusive

/əˈbjuːsɪv/
adjective
1.
characterized by insulting or coarse language
2.
characterized by maltreatment
3.
incorrectly used; corrupt
Derived Forms
abusively, adverb
abusiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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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