verbal abuse

noun

  • Criminal Law

Definitions of verbal abuse

  • insulting or disrespecting someone through spoken word as opposed to physical contact

    Six nursing homes have been fined in connection with cases of verbal abuse.

Phrase Bank for verbal abuse

  • This has a serious impact on the self-esteem and confidence of the person experiencing the verbal abuse.

  • Police officers are increasingly being subjected to vicious verbal abuse on New York City streets.

  • Two employees of an Alabama high school were arrested for the physical and verbal abuse of an 11-year-old student with autism.

  • We are, from time to time, the victim of verbal abuse and we should never take it lightly.

  • Wood was hit with a $500 fine after pleading guilty to verbal abuse.

  • The crews were subjected to verbal abuse and attacked with small stones.

  • Mattress Firm fired a store manager after he complained that a supervisor had repeatedly groped his groin and subjected him to sickening homophobic verbal abuse, according to an explosive lawsuit filed on Monday.

Additional Notes for verbal abuse

  • Verbal abuse includes many forms of non-physical abuse. Examples include angry shouting, swearing. cold statements designed to humiliate a person putdowns, name-calling, bullying, abusive language, blaming, shaming, intimidation, and using silence to exert control.