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

Definitions of abusively word

  • adjective abusively using, containing, or characterized by harshly or coarsely insulting language: an abusive author; abusive remarks. 1
  • adjective abusively treating badly or injuriously; mistreating, especially physically: his abusive handling of the horse. 1
  • adjective abusively wrongly used; corrupt: an abusive exercise of power. 1
  • noun abusively In an abusive manner; rudely; with abusive language. (First attested in the mid 16th century.)1. 1

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Origin of abusively

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 Abusively


abusively 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.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for abusively

adverb abusively

  • insulting — giving or causing insult; characterized by affronting rudeness, insolence, etc.
  • offensively — causing resentful displeasure; highly irritating, angering, or annoying: offensive television commercials.
  • vulgarly — characterized by ignorance of or lack of good breeding or taste: vulgar ostentation.
  • nastily — physically filthy; disgustingly unclean: a nasty pigsty of a room.
  • rudely — discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way: a rude reply.

Antonyms for abusively

adverb abusively

  • pleasantly — pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure: pleasant news.
  • respectfully — full of, characterized by, or showing politeness or deference: a respectful reply.

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