• (RP) IPA: /əˈbjuː.sɪv/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈbju.sɪv/, /əˈbju.zɪv/


  1. Prone to treat someone badly by coarse, insulting words or other maltreatment; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
    All they could ever do was to shout abusive inanities at me and my colleagues.
  2. (obsolete) Tending to deceive; fraudulent. [Attested only from the early to mid 17th century.]
  3. (archaic) Tending to misuse; practising or containing abuse. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  4. Being physically injurious; characterized by repeated violence.
  5. Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied; unjust; illegal. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
  6. (archaic) Catachrestic. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: abusivo
  • Russian: бра́нный

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