abusiveness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

abusive +‎ -ness

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

abusiveness (uncountable)

  1. The quality of being abusive; rudeness of language, or violence to the person. [First attested in the mid 17th century.][1]
    • 1633, George Herbert, The Temple:
      Pick out mirth, like stones out of thy ground, Profaneness, filthiness, abusiveness

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 11