verbal abuse

Definition of verbal abuse

  1. :  harsh and insulting language directed at a person She was a victim of verbal abuse.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  of, relating to, or consisting of words

    :  of, relating to, or involving words rather than meaning or substance

    :  consisting of or using words only and not involving action

  1. :  a word that combines characteristics of a verb with those of a noun or adjective — compare gerund, infinitive, participle

  1. :  a corrupt practice or custom

    :  improper or excessive use or treatment :  misuse

    :  language that condemns or vilifies usually unjustly, intemperately, and angrily

  1. :  to put to a wrong or improper use

    :  to use excessively

    :  to use without medical justification

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