verbal abuse

Definition of verbal abuse

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

  3. : 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

abuse play
  1. : a corrupt practice or custom

  2. : improper or excessive use or treatment : misuse

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

  1. : to put to a wrong or improper use

  2. : to use excessively

  3. : to use or treat so as to injure or damage : maltreat


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