Bawdy vs Abusive - What's the difference?

bawdy | abusive |

As adjectives the difference between bawdy and abusive

is that bawdy is (obsolete) soiled, dirty while abusive is wrongly used; perverted; misapplied; unjust; illegal .




  • (obsolete) Soiled, dirty.
  • *:
  • *:whanne he had ouertaken the damoysel / anone she sayd what dost thow here / thou stynkest al of the kechyn / thy clothes ben bawdy of the greece and talowe that thou gaynest in kyng Arthurs kechyn
  • Obscene; filthy; unchaste.
  • (of language) Sexual in nature and usually meant to be humorous but considered rude.
  • Derived terms

    * bawdily * bawdiness * bawdy house






    (en adjective)
  • Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied; unjust; illegal.
  • * I am ... necessitated to use the word Parliament improperly, according to the abusive acceptation thereof. - Fuller
  • (archaic) Catachrestic.
  • (archaic) Full of abuses; practicing abuse; containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse.
  • *
  • Prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous.
  • * An abusive lampoon. - A dictionary of the English language
  • (obsolete) Tending to deceive; fraudulent.
  • * An abusive treaty. -
  • (archaic) Given to misusing; also, full of abuses.
  • * The abusive prerogatives of his see. -
  • (obsolete) Given to misusing.
  • Being physically injurious; characterized by repeated violence.
  • Synonyms

    * reproachful, scurrilous, opprobrious, insolent, insulting, injurious, offensive, reviling, berating, vituperative

    Derived terms

    * abusively * abusiveness