A Dictionary of the English Language
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Abusiveness

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Abu'siveness. n.s. [from abuse.] The quality of being abusive; foulness of language.

Pick out of mirth, like stones out of thy ground,
Profaneness, filthiness, abusiveness.
These are the scum, with which coarse wits abound:
The fine may spare these well, yet not go less.
Herbert.

Sources: Herbert, George (10)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Abusiveness." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 31, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=1369.


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