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abusive

adjective
 
 
/əˈbjuːsɪv/
using rude and offensive words: She was sacked for sending an abusive email to a colleague. abusive calls/comments/language
involving bad or wrong use of something or treatment of someone, especially for your own advantage: The former chairman was found guilty of abusive practices and banned from buying or selling shares. Workers complained of abusive conditions, where they were forced to work 18 hours a day.
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