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Tending to deceive; practicing abuse; prone to ill-treat by coarse, insulting words or harmful acts. Using ill treatment; injurious, improper, hurtful, offensive, reproachful.

Using abusive language, even though offensive, is not criminal unless it amounts to fighting words that, by their very utterance, tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace.


adjective detracting, insulting, maledictory, menacing, quarreling, reviling, threatening, ungracious
Associated concepts: abusive language, abusive letter, abuuive manner
See also: calumnious, contemptuous, hostile, impertinent, insolent, libelous, obloquy, offensive, outrageous, pejorative, phillipic, scurrilous, slander, vilification
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Hence there is a gap in previous research in regard to how technology may be a barrier to breaking free from an abusive partner.
Acker, a battered women's activist, ran therapy groups for abusive men for 10 years.
A short time later, as the train pulled in and the victim and his partner boarded, the man and woman suddenly became abusive and began threatening him," he said.
In the study of vicarious supervisory abuse--the first of its kind --Paul Harvey, associate professor of organizational behavior at UNH, and his research colleagues Kenneth Harris end Raina Harris from Indiana University Southeast and Melissa Cast from New Mexico State University found that vicarious supervisory abuse is associated with job frustration, abuse of other coworkers, and a lack of perceived organizational support beyond the effects of the abusive supervisor.
Srinagar: Police in Indian-administered Kashmir arrested three suspects Thursday for posting abusive comments and threats during an online hate campaign against an all-girl rock band.
d sbnac He is further charged with stirring up religious hatred by posting a video on social networking sites containing abusive and sectarian comments.
Pc Peter Mannington said: "On both occasions, BTP received reports of a male passenger being abusive towards members of public and rail staff.
Sarah Benson, manager of the Women's Aid national freefone helpline, said: "Abusive men may be at home more over Christmas or may be drinking more.
Malik Shehzad Awan, a member of the Sindh Assembly from PS-116, has been booked for allegedly misbehaving and assaulting Head Constable Akhtar Hussain and using abusive language against senior police officers within the remit of the Ittehad Town police station on July 22.
Migrant women fleeing abusive relationships are being "failed" by the UK Government, a north-east politician has claimed.
Washington Instagram on Monday announced new features aimed at curbing online bullying on its platform, including a warning to people as they are preparing to post abusive remarks."It's our responsibility to create a safe environment on Instagram," said a statement from Adam Mosseri, head of the visually focused social platform owned by Facebook.
Keywords: Self-regulation impairment, abusive supervision, turnover intentions, aggression towards peers, resilience.