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a·bu·sive

abusive

 
 
pronunciation:
byu sihv
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: characterized by offensive or unfair language.
The broadcasters censored the abusive comments of the show's guests.I think it's wrong that he never defends himself when she is abusive toward him.
synonyms:
affronting, contumelious, insulting, offensive
antonyms:
complimentary, respectful
similar words:
beastly, derogatory, foul, foulmouthed, injurious, insufferable, intolerable, invective, nasty, rough, unbearable
definition 2: characterized by injurious or offensive treatment.
She left behind her abusive marriage.The family court determined that she had been abusive in her treatment of her children.
synonyms:
harmful
antonyms:
respectful
similar words:
harsh, injurious, rough, torturous
definition 3: improperly or dishonestly used.
It's an abusive practice that promotes discrimination.
synonyms:
corrupt, malfeasant
antonyms:
proper
similar words:
crooked, improper, undue, venal
definition 4: inclined to treat others with cruelty or disrespect.
She claimed that her mother had been abusive and had caused her mental and physical harm.
antonyms:
gentle, respectful, tender
similar words:
brutal, cruel, oppressive
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derivations: abusively (adv.), abusiveness (n.)
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