Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Of the nature of or marked by abuse.

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Usage examples "abusive":

  1. Like all those who are seldom in command, the master was proportionally tyrannical and abusive- he swore at the men, made them do the duty twice and thrice over on the pretence that it was not smartly done, and found fault with every officer remaining on board. - "Mr. Midshipman Easy", Captain Frederick Marryat.
  2. We never heard the Boers use strong and abusive language towards prisoners- of- war. - "In the Shadow of Death", P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald.
  3. This admonition produced no effect on Sam, who immediately started on an abusive criticism of physicians in general and Dr. Sigmund Eichendorfer in particular. - "The Competitive Nephew", Montague Glass.