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abusive

adjective

1 abusive

Expressing offensive reproach.

synonyms: opprobrious, scurrilous.

Roget 936: black-mouthed, abusive etc. 934.   

Roget 934: detracting etc. v.; defamatory, detractory, derogatory, deprecatory; catty; disparaging, libelous; scurrile, scurrilous; abusive; ... show more

Roget 932: disapproving etc. v.; scandalized.    disparaging, condemnatory, damnatory, denunciatory, reproachful, abusive, objurgatory, clamorous, vituperative; defamatory ... show more

Roget 895: discourteous, uncourteous; uncourtly; ill-bred, ill-mannered, ill-behaved, ill-conditioned; unbred; unmannerly, unmannered; impolite, unpolite; unpolished, uncivilized, ... show more

Roget 909: threatening, menacing; minatory, minacious; comminatory, abusive; in terrorem [Lat.]; ominous etc. (predicting) 511; defiant etc. 715; ... show more



2 abusive

Characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment.


Moby thesaurus: Rabelaisian, atrocious, back-biting, backhand, backhanded, belittling, bitchy, blackening, blameful, blasphemous, bludgeoning, blustering, browbeating, brutal, bulldozing, bullying, calumniatory, calumnious, catty, censorious ... show more.

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