Pronunciation of Abusive
/ɐbjˈuːsɪv/, /ɐbjˈuːsɪv/, /ɐ_b_j_ˈuː_s_ɪ_v/

Antonyms for abusive:

harmless, inoffensive, respectful.

Synonyms for abusive:

Sense 1

demeaning, vitriolic, lenient, dirty, brotherly, colorful, nurture, unrepeatable, ingratiating, obscene, nurturance, permissive, crude, punishment, conveyor belt, ripe, exploitative, blue, choice, indulgent, X-rated, foul-mouthed.

Sense 2

contumelious, vituperative, raw, rude.




defamatory, injurious.

Other synonyms and related words:

black, demeaning, injurious, dirty, vituperative, exploitative, indulgent, inglorious, foul-mouthed, blue, vitriolic, punishment, ingratiating, opprobrious, permissive, brotherly, disgraceful, nurture, obscene, shameful, offensive, rude, ripe, ignominious, nurturance, foulmouthed, scurrilous, lenient, harmful, raw, crude, contumelious, X-rated, colorful, defamatory.

all (adjective)

opprobrious, scurrilous.

contemptuous (adjective)

mocking, antipathetic, flippant, scoffing, contemptuous, disparaging, scornful, deprecative, sarcastic, disdainful, satirical, Ridiculing, jeering, sardonic, insulting, derisive.

defamatory (adjective)


exhibiting unkind behavior or words (adjective)

disparaging, rude, contumelious, insulting, offensive, scurrilous, sarcastic, vituperative, opprobrious, derisive, defamatory.

insolent (adjective)


offensive (adjective)


violent (adjective)

fierce, ferocious, uproarious, furious, broiling, outrageous, brawling, savage, violent, vehement, fighting, wild, intense, frenzied, raging, tumultuous, assaultive.

Sense 1 (noun)

crude, X-rated, ripe, blue, foul-mouthed, rude, obscene, dirty.

Sense 2 (noun)


Sense 3 (noun)

conveyor belt, indulgent, exploitative, ingratiating, lenient, vituperative, contumelious, nurturance, brotherly, demeaning.

abusive (noun)

scornful, scurrilous, harmful, opprobrious, insulting, offensive.

Usage examples for abusive:

  • Seeing the favour in which the two statesmen are now held by their party, it would be almost impossible to believe that such abusive language as was then poured forth could have been used towards them, were it not on record. - "Maxims And Opinions Of Field-Marshal His Grace The Duke Of Wellington, Selected From His Writings And Speeches During A Public Life Of More Than Half A Century", Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington.

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