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Definitions of abuse

  1. cruel or inhumane treatment Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. improper or excessive use Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse"; "they yelled insults at the visiting team" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. change the inherent purpose or function of something; "Don't abuse the system"; "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. To put to a wrong use; to misapply; to misuse; to put to a bad use; to use for a wrong purpose or end; to pervert; as, to abuse inherited gold; to make an excessive use of; as, to abuse one's authority. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To use ill; to maltreat; to act injuriously to; to punish or to tax excessively; to hurt; as, to abuse prisoners, to abuse one's powers, one's patience. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To dishonor. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To violate; to ravish. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To deceive; to impose on. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Improper treatment or use; application to a wrong or bad purpose; misuse; as, an abuse of our natural powers; an abuse of civil rights, or of privileges or advantages; an abuse of language. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Physical ill treatment; injury. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Misuse of the Chapter 7 bankruptcy remedy. This term is typically applied to Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings that should have been filed under Chapter 13, because the debtor appears to have enough disposable income to fund a Chapter 13 repayment plan.
  19. Ill-treatment; insulting speech; the excessive, extreme, or improper use of anything; insult. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. To use improperly; treat rudely or wrongfully; to defile or violate; use violent or insulting language towards; upbraid. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Misuse, wrong use, especially excessive use, of anything. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  22. To use wrongly, especially to overuse. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  23. To use wrongly: to pervert: to revile: to violate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  24. Ill use: misapplication: reproach. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  25. Ill use; reviling. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  26. To misuse; treat ill; revile. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  27. To use improperly; wrong; hurt; revile; violate. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  28. Improper use; ill treatment; misuse; vicious conduct; insulting speech. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. The ill use, treatment, employment, or application of anything; rude reproach; violation of a female. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  30. To make a wrong or bad use of; to use ill; to impose on; to treat rudely; to violate; to defile; to pervert the meaning of; to misapply, as words. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. 1. A misuse of anything. 2. Cruelty that causes harm to another. thelawdictionary.org
  32. Every thing which is contrary to good order established by usage. Merl. Rep. h. t. Among the civilians, abuse has another signification; which is the destruction of the substance of a thing in using it. For example, the borrower of wine or grain, abuses the article lent by using it, because he cannot enjoy it without consuming it. Leg ; El. Dr. Rom. 414. 416. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  33. ab-[=u]z', v.t. to use wrongly: to pervert: to revile: to violate.--ns. ABUSE (ab-[=u]s'), ill use: misapplication: reproach: vituperation; AB[=U]'SION (Spens.), abuse: deception: reproach.--adj. ABUS'IVE, containing or practising abuse: full of abuses: vituperative.--adv. ABUS'IVELY.--n. ABUS'IVENESS. [L. ab, away (from what is right), uti, usus, to use.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  34. Misuse, make bad use of; deceive (archaic, but still used esp. in pass.); maltreat (archaic); revile. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  35. Misuse, perversion (of); an established unjust or corrupt practice. Reviling, whence abusive a., abusively adv., abusiveness n. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  36. n. Ill usage ; improper treatment or employment; application to a wrong purpose ;—a corrupt practice or custom ;—rude or reproachful language addressed to a person; contumely. Cabinet Dictionary
  37. The ill use of any thing; a corrupt practice, bad custom; seducement; unjust censure, rude reproach. Complete Dictionary

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