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Definitions of abuse

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To dishonor. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To deceive; to impose on. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. Physical ill treatment; injury. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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.
  12. To use wrongly: to pervert: to revile: to violate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. To misuse; treat ill; revile. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. cruel or inhumane treatment Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. 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
  18. treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  19. 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.
  20. Ill use: misapplication: reproach. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Ill use; reviling. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. Improper use; ill treatment; misuse; vicious conduct; insulting speech. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. 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.

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Usage examples for abuse

  1. As she would allow no other wife to her king, so she would allow no taking of other wives, no abuse of divorce among her subjects. – The Soul of a People by H. Fielding
  2. He would rarely pass people in the street without being guilty of some sort of abuse – McGuffey's Third Eclectic Reader by William Holmes McGuffey
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