Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being abusive; rudeness of language, or violence to the person.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being abusive; rudeness of language, or violence to the person; ill usage.

Etymologies

abusive +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Aphrodite has remained calm, and to an unbiased observer it’s a lot more likely to win people to her side in the fact of the abusiveness from the other side.

    Think Progress » Fox’s Gibson Brushes Off O’Reilly Remark: “I’m Sure That’s Not What He Meant”

  • The consequences of their abusiveness are frequently catastrophic—nearly as devastating as when a parent tells a child that he or she is unloved and unwanted.

    Recovering From Religious Abuse

  • I finally broke free from the cult, but the years of abusiveness took a heavy toll on my wife and me.

    Recovering From Religious Abuse

  • Come home, not to meaningless religion or more abusiveness, but to a deep, fulfilling relationship with God Himself.

    Recovering From Religious Abuse

  • Although abusiveness may have robbed you of your joy, God wants to restore all that has been lost, enriching your life in the process.

    Recovering From Religious Abuse

  • The consequences of their abusiveness are frequently catastrophic -- nearly as devastating as a parent telling a child that he or she is unloved and unwanted, which is a negative imprint that can last a lifetime, diminishing the recipient's self-worth.

    Jack Watts: Recovering From Religious Abuse

  • Although abusiveness may have robbed you of your joy, God wants to restore all that you have lost, enriching your life in the process.

    Jack Watts: Recovering From Religious Abuse

  • I share a lot of Cory Doctorow's concerns over the move away from people owning their recordings and their books, the abusiveness of shrinkwrap licenses (certainly including Apple's), the many pitfalls of device-locked DRM, and the dangers to both culture and the publishing industry entailed in practices that might wind up giving one or two technology companies a chokehold on our business.

    MIND MELD: The Apple iPad: Sizzle or Fizzle?

  • Researchers selected 98 full-time employees from a wide range of professions—including accounting, engineering and banking—and asked them to anonymously rate the verbal abusiveness of their bosses on a seven-point scale.

    News & Trends in Management

  • Golding's constant self-castigation seems hardly justified by the sporadic incidents of drunken abusiveness Carey records, or a few seamy sexual affairs in his youth, but this intelligent, elegantly written and deeply empathetic biography reminds us that the factual basis of a writer's neuroses is less important than the imaginative use he makes of them.

    "William Golding: The Man Who Wrote 'Lord of the Flies'," by John Carey

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