Abusively



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

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

adjective
characterized by insulting or coarse language
characterized by maltreatment
incorrectly used; corrupt
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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