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What is another word for abusive?

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Adjective
Engaging in or characterized by habitual violence and cruelty
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“The government's abusive treatment of religious minorities is undemocratic, uncivilized, and a violation of its commitments under international human rights laws.”
Adjective
Very cruel or malignant in character
“When Connie stepped into that house and settled into her bedroom, the memories of her cruel and abusive mother descended on her like a net.”
Adjective
Offensive and insulting, especially in a hostile manner
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“It is alleged the accused hit the driver on the neck using her mobile phone when he objected to her use of abusive words against him.”
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Obscene or vulgar in nature, typically of words or expression
“The specification alleged that the accused at a given time and place, used certain abusive and obscene words toward his superior.”
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Hostile, rude or contemptuous in nature
“He began arguing with her in a harsh and abusive tone of voice.”
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Having a gruff or rude manner or character
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“Britain's tabloids have stitched together a persuasive discourse about Brown as a stony, coldhearted, grumpy and abusive man.”
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Offensively slanderous in nature
“The hope of some of these lawyers seems to be that, if they make sufficiently abusive allegations, however unfounded, which are lavishly reported in the media, they will be able to extort a settlement out of a firm.”
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Making use of a situation or treating others unfairly in order to gain an advantage
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Inclined to control others in a manipulative or domineering manner
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Causing, or likely to cause, harm or injury
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