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abusive (adjective); more abusive, most abusive
1. Regarding the use of harsh and insulting language: Wayne's wife spoke to him in a more abusive manner than usual when he came home late without letting her know in advance.
2. Pertaining to the use or involvement of physical violence or emotional cruelty: Fortunately there are not as many people who are in abusive relationships as there are those who have good relationships.

Mary's husband was accused of resorting to the most abusive punishment of his children whenever they did not do what he told them to do.

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