Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “abusive”


  /əˈbju·sɪv/ adj
using rude language or violence to be cruel to someone: an abusive phone call
(Definition of abusive adj from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definitions of “abusive” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More