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abusive

a·bu·sive

abusive

 
 
pronunciation:
byu sihv
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: characterized by offensive or unfair language.
The broadcasters censored the abusive comments of the show's guests.
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.
synonyms:
harmful
antonyms:
respectful
similar words:
harsh, injurious, rough, torturous
definition 3: improperly or dishonestly used.
It's an abusive procedure 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
derivations: abusively (adv.), abusiveness (n.)