abusiveness

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Etymology[edit]

abusive +‎ -ness

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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

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  1. ^ “abusiveness” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 11.