Abusive A*bu"sive, a. [Cf. F. abusif, fr. L. abusivus.] 1. Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied. [1913 Webster]

I am . . . necessitated to use the word Parliament improperly, according to the abusive acceptation thereof. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

2. Given to misusing; also, full of abuses. [Archaic] ``The abusive prerogatives of his see.'' --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

3. Practicing abuse; prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; as, an abusive author; an abusive fellow. [1913 Webster]

4. Containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous. ``An abusive lampoon.'' --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

5. Tending to deceive; fraudulent; cheating. [Obs.] ``An abusive treaty.'' --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Reproachful; scurrilous; opprobrious; insolent; insulting; injurious; offensive; reviling. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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