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Definitions of abuse

  1. cruel or inhumane treatment
  2. improper or excessive use
  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"
  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"
  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"
  6. treat badly; " This boss abuses his workers"; " She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
  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.
  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.
  9. To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.
  10. To dishonor.
  11. To violate; to ravish.
  12. To deceive; to impose on.
  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.
  14. Physical ill treatment; injury.
  15. A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service.
  16. Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling.
  17. Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child.
  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. To use improperly; treat rudely or wrongfully; to defile or violate; use violent or insulting language towards; upbraid.
  20. To use wrongly: to pervert: to revile: to violate.
  21. Ill use: misapplication: reproach.
  22. Ill use; reviling.
  23. To misuse; treat ill; revile.
  24. To use improperly; wrong; hurt; revile; violate.
  25. Improper use; ill treatment; misuse; vicious conduct; insulting speech.
  26. The ill use, treatment, employment, or application of anything; rude reproach; violation of a female.
  27. 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.
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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
  3. No, Mr. Fountain; I really admire your courtesy too much to abuse it." – Love Me Little, Love Me Long by Charles Reade Edition: 10 Language: English
  4. Did you dare to abuse her? – Openings in the Old Trail by Bret Harte
  5. One paper was printed, and that was so full of false statements and abuse against the city officials that the city council declared it a nuisance and had the press, type, etc. – A Young Folks' History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Nephi Anderson
  6. I was at ease, and did not desire it, seeing how men abuse their freedom. – The Hour and the Man An Historical Romance by Harriet Martineau
  7. " I mean abuse it. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  8. He promised never to abuse their confidence, and swore that he would defend the liberty of Poland to the last moment. – Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland, 7th ed. Vol. 2 of 2 by John Lloyd Stephens
  9. We may lose sight of a substance, or of an energy, but it is an abuse of language to talk of losing sight of Laws. – Natural Law in the Spiritual World by Henry Drummond
  10. And as soon as she had come in, the old woman began to abuse her. – Eskimo Folktales by Unknown
  11. Lady Holland tells us that in old age her father " used to shudder at the recollections of Winchester," and represented the system prevailing there in his youth as composed of " abuse, neglect, and vice." – Sydney Smith by George W. E. Russell
  12. I'm ready to hear your opinions, but I won't stand abuse from you or any other man! – Frank Merriwell's Reward by Burt L. Standish
  13. " He'll insult you, he'll abuse you, he might even threaten to assault you like he did me. – Skinner's Dress Suit by Henry Irving Dodge
  14. That abuse he put a stop to at once. – Imperial Purple by Edgar Saltus
  15. Abuse my friends, and I will go straight home and never speak to you again. – The Patrician by John Galsworthy
  16. Middleton Flam; while, at the same time, it opened the flood- gates of its abuse upon Theodore Fog, as a man of " bad habits, loose manners, and objectionable morals." – Quodlibet by John P. Kennedy
  17. In Scotland, not a shadow of abuse prevailed. – Political Pamphlets by George Saintsbury
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