Definition of 'abusive'
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Young women in their first relationships often do not know if abusive behaviour is acceptable or not. The Sun (2016)The policeman exploited his vulnerability to draw him into an abusive relationship. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Your lover will find it tough getting away from her abusive husband who may react badly. The Sun (2017)The guest became extremely abusive towards the staff member and so the duty manager agreed to escort them to the room. The Sun (2016)She claimed to be a single mum fleeing an abusive relationship and tearfully claiming her 60,000 savings had been mislaid by her bank. The Sun (2016)If all such behaviour is considered abusive, there might hardly be anyone left who isn't judged guilty. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I am 21 and have had low self-esteem since being in an abusive relationship. The Sun (2016)The latter was dismissed for foul and abusive language after the final whistle. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The government has also pledged to build more sheltered housing for women who are fleeing abusive relationships. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He was also an abusive alcoholic and her mother was on the receiving end. Times, Sunday Times (2007)This woman always runs back to her abusive husband. The Sun (2009)The charge alleges he failed to leave the field promptly and used abusive language to match officials. The Sun (2006)None of this is an argument for staying in unhappy or abusive relationships. Times, Sunday Times (2009)As she became abusive and an alcoholic it was a miserable childhood. Times, Sunday Times (2012)She can leave an abusive or useless husband. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Officials say it is because team members have used foul and abusive language during matches. The Sun (2008)It was the end of a mentally abusive relationship. The Sun (2014)But why does she choose to stay with him when their relationship seems positively abusive? Times, Sunday Times (2012)What is normal and good in this is that he apologised for his abusive behaviour to the policemen. Times, Sunday Times (2009)His father was an abusive alcoholic. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The show was pulled off air after a mother of five appeared to complain about being forced to marry an abusive husband. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Although he denied the allegation, he was abusive and extremely angry. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Violence, abusive behaviour and stealing from the family home are unacceptable. Taking Drugs Seriously (1994)My ex is a lazy, abusive alcoholic. The Sun (2015)She does strange things, talks to herself and has become abusive to her husband. The Sun (2014)Don't blame yourself but be glad this cruel and abusive man is now out of your life. The Sun (2013)He thought they should and he was extremely abusive, threw me against a wall in the voting lobby. Times, Sunday Times (2015)THE only way to punish and stop footballers using abusive language is for their clubs to suspend them and stop their wages. The Sun (2012)She is in an extremely abusive relationship and was recently hospitalised, but she has returned to the relationship and is ignoring all attempts at contact. Times, Sunday Times (2012)
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British English: abusive /əˈbjuːsɪv/ ADJECTIVE
Abusive language is extremely rude and insulting.
He is accused of using abusive language towards staff.
- American English: abusive
- Arabic: فاحِش
- Brazilian Portuguese: abusivo
- Chinese: 侵犯性的
- Croatian: pogrdan
- Czech: hrubý jazyk, chování
- Danish: brutal
- Dutch: grof beledigend
- European Spanish: insultante
- Finnish: loukkaava
- French: injurieux
- German: beleidigend
- Greek: βάναυσος
- Italian: ingiurioso
- Japanese: 人を罵倒する
- Korean: 욕설을 퍼붓는
- Norwegian: støtende
- Polish: obelżywy
- European Portuguese: abusivo
- Romanian: abuziv
- Russian: оскорбительный
- Spanish: insultante
- Swedish: smädlig
- Thai: ดูถูก
- Turkish: küfürlü, ağzı bozuk
- Ukrainian: лайливий
- Vietnamese: nhục mạ
Definition of abusive from the Collins English Dictionary
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