abusive language

  • 1 abusive language — index diatribe, obloquy, phillipic, slander, vilification Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 abusive language — offensive language, foul language …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 3 abusive language — Cruelty amounting to a ground for divorce, where it is so intense as to cause mental suffering sufficient to impair health. 24 Am J2d Div & S § 48 …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 4 Abusive language (law) — The use of abusive language to another person is illegal in a number of U.S. states.[1][2] Offenders are typically charged with this offense in conjunction with other crimes, such as aggressive driving or assault. However, in 1989 the New York… …

    Wikipedia

  • 5 abusive — abusive, opprobrious, vituperative, contumelious, scurrilous apply chiefly to language or utterances and to persons as they employ such language: the words agree in meaning coarse, insulting, and contemptuous in character or utterance. Abusive… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 abusive — abu·sive /ə byü siv, ziv/ adj 1: characterized by wrong or improper use or action abusive tax shelters 2: inflicting verbal or physical abuse abusive parents abu·sive·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of L …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 language — I noun communication, composition, dialect, expression, faculty of speech, folk speech, form of expression, formulation, idiom, jargon, lingua, linguistics, means of communication, oral, oratio, parlance, phrasing, phraseology, rhetoric, sermo,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 abusive — [[t]əbju͟ːsɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is abusive behaves in a cruel and violent way towards other people. He became violent and abusive toward Ben s mother. ...her cruel and abusive husband. 2) ADJ GRADED Abusive language is extremely rude …

    English dictionary

  • 9 abusive — adjective Date: 1583 1. characterized by wrong or improper use or action; especially corrupt < abusive financial practices > 2. a. using harsh insulting language < an angry and abusive crowd > b. characterized …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 abusive — [əˈbjuːsɪv] adj 1) offensive or insulting Syn: rude abusive language[/ex] When we asked him to leave, he became abusive.[/ex] 2) treating someone in a cruel way, either by being violent or by forcing them to have sex an abusive parent[/ex]… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 11 language — lan|guage W1S2 [ˈlæŋgwıdʒ] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(English/French/Arabic etc)¦ 2¦(communication)¦ 3¦(style/type of words)¦ 4¦(computers)¦ 5¦(swearing)¦ 6 strong language 7¦(sounds/signs/actions)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: langue …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 abusive — a|bu|sive [əˈbju:sıv] adj using cruel words or physical violence ▪ Smith denies using abusive language to the referee. ▪ He became abusive and his wife was injured in the struggle. >abusively adv >abusiveness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 abusive — adjective 1) abusive language Syn: insulting, rude, offensive, derogatory, slanderous, libellous 2) an abusive husband Syn: violent, brutal, cruel, harsh, oppressive …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 14 abusive — adjective such abusive language will not be tolerated in this workplace Syn: insulting, rude, vulgar, offensive, disparaging, belittling, derogatory, opprobrious, disrespectful, denigratory, uncomplimentary, censorious, pejorative, vituperative;… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 abusive — UK US /əˈbjuːsɪv/ adjective ► using rude and offensive words: »She was sacked for sending an abusive email to a colleague. »abusive calls/comments/language ► involving bad or wrong use of something or treatment of someone, especially for your own …

    Financial and business terms

  • 16 abusive — [ə byo͞o′siv; ] also [, ə byo͞o′ziv] adj. [Fr abusif < L abusivus < abusus: see ABUSE] 1. involving or characterized by abuse or misuse; abusing; mistreating 2. coarse and insulting in language; scurrilous; harshly scolding abusively adv.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 17 language — n. linguistic system of communication 1) to use a language 2) to plan; standardize a language 3) to learn, master a language 4) to speak (in) a language 5) to butcher, murder; enrich; purify a language 6) (the) spoken; written language 7) one s… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 18 abusive — abusively, adv. abusiveness, n. /euh byooh siv/, adj. 1. using, containing, or characterized by harshly or coarsely insulting language: an abusive author; abusive remarks. 2. treating badly or injuriously; mistreating, esp. physically: his… …

    Universalium

  • 19 abusive — a|bu|sive [ ə bjusıv ] adjective 1. ) using offensive or insulting language: abusive remarks When we asked him to leave he became abusive. 2. ) treating someone in a cruel or violent way: an abusive parent/husband/wife a ) used for describing… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 abusive — UK [əˈbjuːsɪv] / US [əˈbjusɪv] adjective 1) using offensive or insulting language abusive remarks When we asked him to leave, he became abusive. 2) a) treating someone in a cruel or violent way an abusive parent/husband/wife b) used for… …

    English dictionary