a·bu·sive / əˈbyoōsiv; -ziv/ • adj. 1. extremely offensive and insulting: abusive language. 2. engaging in or characterized by habitual violence and cruelty. 3. involving injustice or illegality: an abusive manipulation of the system. DERIVATIVES: a·bu·sive·ly adv. a·bu·sive·ness n.
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.