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- Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied; unjust; illegal. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
(Can we date this quote?), Fuller, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
- I am ... necessitated to use the word Parliament improperly, according to the abusive acceptation thereof.
- (archaic) Catachrestic. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
- (archaic) Full of abuses; practicing abuse; containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
1589, Thomas Nashe, The Anatomy of Absurdity:
- ...to begin in this vacation the foundation of a trifling subject which might shroud in his leaves the abusive enormities of these our times.
- Prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
- (obsolete) Tending to deceive; fraudulent. [Attested only from the early to mid 17th century.]
- (archaic) Given to misusing; also, full of abuses.
- (obsolete) Given to misusing. [Attested only in the mid 17th century.]
- Being physically injurious; characterized by repeated violence.
- reproachful, scurrilous, opprobrious, insolent, insulting, injurious, offensive, reviling, berating, vituperative
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- ^ Laurence Urdang (editor), The Random House College Dictionary (Random House, 1984 , ISBN 0-394-43600-8), page 6
- ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 , ISBN 0-87779-101-5), page 8
- Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , ISBN 978-0198605751), page 10
abusive f pl