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.
Their crude productions, for the most part, were conspicuous rather for insolence and abusiveness than for logic or learning.
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The palm for abusiveness was, however, carried off by Nicholls and Jekyll.
William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
His answer to the offensive production flows with anger, and is harsh even to abusiveness.
The Sonnets, Triumphs, and Other Poems of Petrarch Petrarch
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.
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 […]
abuttals. those parts of one piece of land that on adjacent lands; boundaries. Also, buttals. Law. the boundary lines of a piece of land in relation to adjacent lands. the act or state of abutting.