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What does "Abusive" mean?


(a.) Containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous (a.) Given to misusing; also, full of abuses (a.) Practicing abuse; prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; as, an abusive author; an abusive fellow (a.) Tending to deceive; fraudulent; cheating (a.) Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied

Synonyms offensive, scurrilous, harmful, scornful, opprobrious, insulting

Example: "Abusive punishment"