abu·sive /əˈbjusɪv, || zɪv/
1. Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied.
I am . . . necessitated to use the word Parliament improperly, according to the abusive acceptation thereof. --Fuller.
2. Given to misusing; also, full of abuses. [Archaic] “The abusive prerogatives of his see.”
3. Practicing abuse; prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; as, an abusive author; an abusive fellow.
4. Containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous. “An abusive lampoon.”
5. Tending to deceive; fraudulent; cheating. [Obs.] “An abusive treaty.”
Syn: -- Reproachful; scurrilous; opprobrious; insolent; insulting; injurious; offensive; reviling.
adj 1: expressing offensive reproach [syn: insulting, opprobrious,
2: characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment;
"abusive punishment"; "argued...that foster homes are