The French sentence "C'est abusé" revealed

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French to English translation

How to pronounce it?

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does c'est abusé mean?


The literal meaning is:

  • C’est → It’s
  • Abusé → Abusive

But that’s used to say: “It’s insane/madness” and aims to describe a shocking event, generally negative like an accident or some bad news.

That being said, young generations tend to also use it as a slang way to say simply: “It’s crazy“, so don’t be shocked if you hear it in another context.

How to use

Something shocking happened like an accident or a bad surprise or bad news, you can say: “C’est abusé !” (That’s insane!)

You can also use it in a sentence, for example: “J’ai appris que cette société maltraite les animaux. C’est abusé !” (I learned this company is mistreating animals. That’s insane!)

Synonyms and similarities

  • C’est n’importe quoi ! (“It’s nonsense“)
  • C’est fou ! (“It’s crazy!“)
  • C’est un truc de ouf ! (“It’s a crazy thing!“)(Slang)
  • C’est vraiment ouf ! (“It’s really crazy!“)(Slang)
  • C’est carrément ouf ! (“It’s totally crazy!“)(Slang)
  • C’est un truc de malade ! (“That’s sick!“)
  • C’est incroyable ! (“That’s unbelievable!“)
  • C’est la folie ! (“That’s craziness!“)
  • C’était abusé ! (“It was insane!“)
  • C’était ouf ! (“It was crazy!“)(Slang)
  • C’était fou ! (“It was crazy!“)

Dialogue example with audio

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

Dialogue script

” T’as vu ce qu’il s’est passé ?! “
” Did you see what happened?! “
Ouais, c’est abusé ! “
” Yeah, that’s insane! “
Carrément ! “
” Totally! “
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