Nor is it clear that police officers deserve more protection from verbal assault than ordinary citizens.
Her husband stopped beating her when they moved here because he feared the police, but the verbal attacks continued.
The kind of verbal threats the civil law considers wrongful are those that unconditionally threaten immediate bodily harm.
late 15c., "dealing with words" (especially in contrast to things or realities), from Latin verbalis "consisting of words, relating to verbs," from verbum "word" (see verb). Verbal conditioning is recorded from 1954. Colloquial verbal diarrhea is recorded from 1823.