2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Abusive \A*bu"sive\, adjective [Cf. F. abusif, fr. L. abusivus.]

1. Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied.

I am . . . necessitated to use the word Parliament improperly, according to the abusive acceptation thereof. --Fuller.

2. Given to misusing; also, full of abuses. [Archaic] "The abusive prerogatives of his see." --Hallam.

3. Practicing abuse; prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; as, an abusive author; an abusive fellow.

4. Containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous. "An abusive lampoon." --Johnson.

5. Tending to deceive; fraudulent; cheating. [Obs.] "An abusive treaty." --Bacon.

Syn: Reproachful; scurrilous; opprobrious; insolent; insulting; injurious; offensive; reviling.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: expressing offensive reproach [syn: {abusive}, {opprobrious}, {scurrilous}]

2: characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment; "abusive punishment"; "argued...that foster homes are abusive"

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