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abusive (adj) offensive and coarse in language, and violent in behavior.

The language of a person is abusive, if it is very insulting, offensive, and obscene. Very indecent and unmentionable words, which decent people don't use, and which are not used in the presence of respectable and elderly people are abusive. (Root word: abuse).

  • He is so short tempered that he becomes abusive even without provocation, and just does not care being abusive in the presence of even children and ladies.
  • He was so abusive that even his little children dreaded going near him.
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