from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by improper or wrongful use: abusive utilization of public funds.
- adj. Using or containing insulting or coarse language: finally reprimanded the abusive colleague.
- adj. Causing physical injury to another: abusive punishment.
- adj. Relating to or practicing sexual abuse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Being physically injurious; characterized by repeated violence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied.
- adj. Given to misusing; also, full of abuses.
- adj. Practicing abuse; prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage
- adj. Containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous.
- adj. Tending to deceive; fraudulent; cheating.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Practising abuse; using harsh words or ill treatment: as, an abusive author; an abusive fellow. Characterized by or containing abuse; marked by contumely or ill use; harsh; ill-natured; injurious.
- Marked by or full of abuses; corrupt: as, an abusive exercise of power.
- Misleading, or tending to mislead; employed by misuse; improper.
- Synonyms and Insolent, insultiug, offensive, scurrilous, ribald, reproachful, opprobrious, reviling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. expressing offensive reproach
- adj. characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment
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