using, containing, or characterized by harshly or coarsely insulting language:
an abusive author; abusive remarks.
treating badly or injuriously; mistreating, especially physically:
his abusive handling of the horse.
wrongly used; corrupt:
an abusive exercise of power.
We know men who have what may be styled, and what sometimes is abusively styled, a double life.
The Will to Doubt Alfred H. Lloyd
I was told that he is still talking angrily and abusively of us, and I was indignant.
War’s Brighter Side Julian Ralph.
He is neither piously inclined, nor hysterically fearful, nor abusively rebellious—he simply waits his fate.
My Experiences as an Executioner James Berry
Even upon an Assembly numerically limited, this innovation would have told most abusively.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 340, February, 1844 Various
characterized by insulting or coarse language
characterized by maltreatment
incorrectly used; corrupt
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.
using, containing, or characterized by harshly or coarsely insulting language: an abusive author; abusive remarks. treating badly or injuriously; mistreating, especially physically: his abusive handling of the horse. wrongly used; corrupt: an abusive exercise of power. Historical Examples Their crude productions, for the most part, were conspicuous rather for insolence and abusiveness than for logic […]
to be adjacent; touch or join at the edge or border (often followed by on, upon, or against): This piece of land abuts on a street. to be adjacent to; border on; end at. to support by an . Contemporary Examples There is some debate about how this will affect clinics that abut sidewalks or […]
any tropical shrub belonging to the genus Abutilon, of the mallow family, comprising the flowering maples. Historical Examples The abutilon is an old favorite among house plants, and its popularity is well deserved. ABC of Gardening Eben Eugene Rexford I also have in blossom an abutilon and three Obconica Primulas. The Mayflower, January, 1905 Various […]
Architecture, Civil Engineering. a masonry mass supporting and receiving the thrust of part of an arch or vault. a force that serves to an arch or vault. a mass, as of masonry, receiving the arch, beam, truss, etc., at each end of a bridge. a mass or structure for resisting the pressure of water on […]