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Abusive meaning

abusive - 6 dictionary results

  1. 1. Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied.
  2. 2. Given to misusing; also, full of abuses.
  3. 3. Practicing abuse; prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; as, an abusive author; an abusive fellow.
  4. 4. Containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous.
  5. 5. Tending to deceive; fraudulent; cheating.
  6. 6. Marked by abuse.

abusive - examples of usage

  1. Sometimes Joe managed to place a kick where it would do the most good against the stomach of a policeman, and when the officer rolled over there was for a few moments a renewal of the fight, silent on the part of the men and vociferous on the part of the drunkard, who had a fine flow of abusive language.
  2. An abusive housekeeper trying to interfere between doctor and patient would stand little chance of obtaining even a hearing for her point of view, especially when that doctor was Sir Hector Grant.
  3. There was a short colloquy that seemed to get abusive, and then somebody said, " Vaya al diablo!"
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