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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-byoo-siv]
    • /əˈbyu sɪv/
    • /əˈbjuːsɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-byoo-siv]
    • /əˈbyu sɪv/

Definitions of abusive word

  • adjective abusive Someone who is abusive behaves in a cruel and violent way towards other people. 3
  • adjective abusive Abusive language is extremely rude and insulting. 3
  • adjective abusive characterized by insulting or coarse language 3
  • adjective abusive characterized by maltreatment 3
  • adjective abusive incorrectly used; corrupt 3
  • adjective abusive involving or characterized by abuse or misuse; abusing; mistreating 3

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Origin of abusive

First appearance:

before 1575
One of the 34% oldest English words
From the Late Latin word abūsīvus, dating back to 1575-85. See abuse, -ive

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Parts of speech for Abusive


abusive popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for abusive

adj abusive

  • offensive — causing resentful displeasure; highly irritating, angering, or annoying: offensive television commercials.
  • insulting — giving or causing insult; characterized by affronting rudeness, insolence, etc.
  • rude — discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way: a rude reply.
  • censorious — If you describe someone as censorious, you do not like the way they strongly disapprove of and criticize someone else's behaviour.
  • defamatory — Speech or writing that is defamatory is likely to damage someone's good reputation by saying something bad and untrue about them.

adjective abusive

  • unmannerly — not mannerly; impolite; discourteous; coarse.
  • foul — grossly offensive to the senses; disgustingly loathsome; noisome: a foul smell.
  • obnoxious — highly objectionable or offensive; odious: obnoxious behavior.
  • libellous — containing, constituting, or involving a libel; maliciously defamatory.
  • violent — acting with or characterized by uncontrolled, strong, rough force: a violent earthquake.

Antonyms for abusive

adj abusive

  • kind — of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
  • respectful — full of, characterized by, or showing politeness or deference: a respectful reply.
  • nice — pleasing; agreeable; delightful: a nice visit.
  • complimentary — If you are complimentary about something, you express admiration for it.

adjective abusive

  • polite — showing good manners toward others, as in behavior, speech, etc.; courteous; civil: a polite reply.
  • gentle — kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.

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