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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 abu·sive /əˈbjusɪv, || zɪv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·bu·sive a.
 1. Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied.
    I am . . . necessitated to use the word Parliament improperly, according to the abusive acceptation thereof.   --Fuller.
 2. Given to misusing; also, full of abuses. [Archaic] “The abusive prerogatives of his see.”
 3. Practicing abuse; prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; as, an abusive author; an abusive fellow.
 4. Containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous. “An abusive lampoon.”
 5. Tending to deceive; fraudulent; cheating. [Obs.] “An abusive treaty.”
 Syn: -- Reproachful; scurrilous; opprobrious; insolent; insulting; injurious; offensive; reviling.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: expressing offensive reproach [syn: insulting, opprobrious,
              scornful, scurrilous]
      2: characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment;
         "abusive punishment"; "argued...that foster homes are