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.
  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.
  3. To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.
  4. To dishonor.
  5. To deceive; to impose on.
  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.
  7. Physical ill treatment; injury.
  8. A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service.
  9. Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling.
  10. Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child.
  11. To use improperly; treat rudely or wrongfully; to defile or violate; use violent or insulting language towards; upbraid.
  12. To use wrongly: to pervert: to revile: to violate.
  13. To misuse; treat ill; revile.
  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"
  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.
  16. cruel or inhumane treatment
  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"
  18. treat badly; " This boss abuses his workers"; " She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
  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.
  21. Ill use; reviling.
  22. Improper use; ill treatment; misuse; vicious conduct; insulting speech.
  23. The ill use, treatment, employment, or application of anything; rude reproach; violation of a female.