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abusive (adj.)

1530s (implied in abusively) "improper," from French abusif, from Latin abusivus "misapplied, improper," from abus-, past-participle stem of abuti "misuse," literally "use up" (see abuse (v.)). Meaning "full of abuse" is from 1580s. Shakespeare has abusious ("Taming of the Shrew," 1594). Abuseful "abounding in reproaches" was in use 17c.-19c. Related: Abusively; abusiveness.

Origin and meaning of abusive

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Definitions of abusive from WordNet

abusive (adj.)
expressing offensive reproach;
Synonyms: opprobrious / scurrilous
abusive (adj.)
characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment;
argued...that foster homes are abusive
abusive punishment
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