abuse

[v. uh-byooz; n. uh-byoos]
verb (used with object), abused, abusing.
1.
to use wrongly or improperly; misuse: to abuse one's authority.
2.
to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way: to abuse a horse; to abuse one's eyesight.
3.
to speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about; revile; malign.
4.
to commit sexual assault upon.
5.
Obsolete. to deceive or mislead.
noun
6.
wrong or improper use; misuse: the abuse of privileges.
7.
harshly or coarsely insulting language: The officer heaped abuse on his men.
8.
bad or improper treatment; maltreatment: The child was subjected to cruel abuse.
9.
a corrupt or improper practice or custom: the abuses of a totalitarian regime.
10.
rape or sexual assault.
11.
Obsolete, deception.
Idioms
12.
abuse oneself, to masturbate.

Origin:
1400–50; (v.) late Middle English abusen < Middle French abuser, verbal derivative of abus < Latin abūsus misuse, wasting, equivalent to abūt(ī) to use up, misuse (ab- ab- + ūtī to use) + -tus suffix of v. action; (noun) late Middle English abus < Middle French abus or Latin abūsus

abusable [uh-byoo-zuh-buhl] , adjective
abuser, noun
antiabuse, adjective
overabuse, noun, verb (used with object), overabused, overabusing.
unabusable, adjective
unabused, adjective


1. misapply. 2. ill-use, maltreat, injure, harm, hurt. 3. vilify, vituperate, berate, scold; slander, defame, calumniate, traduce. 6. misapplication. 7. slander, aspersion. Abuse, censure, invective all mean strongly expressed disapproval. Abuse implies an outburst of harsh and scathing words against another (often one who is defenseless): abuse directed against an opponent. Censure implies blame, adverse criticism, or hostile condemnation: severe censure of acts showing bad judgment. Invective applies to strong but formal denunciation in speech or print, often in the public interest: invective against graft.


3, 7. praise.
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abuse
 
vb
1.  to use incorrectly or improperly; misuse
2.  to maltreat, esp physically or sexually
3.  to speak insultingly or cruelly to; revile
4.  (reflexive) to masturbate
 
n
5.  improper, incorrect, or excessive use; misuse
6.  maltreatment of a person; injury
7.  insulting, contemptuous, or coarse speech
8.  an evil, unjust, or corrupt practice
9.  See child abuse
10.  archaic a deception
 
[c14 (vb): via Old French from Latin abūsus, past participle of abūtī to misuse, from ab-1 + ūtī to use]
 
a'buser
 
n

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abuse
early 15c., from M.Fr. abuser, from V.L. *abusare, from L. abusus, pp. of abuti "use up," also "misuse," from ab- "away" + uti "use" (see use). Specifically of drugs, from 1968. The noun is first recorded mid-15c., from Fr. abus (14c.).
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abuse a·buse (ə-byōōz')
v. a·bused, a·bus·ing, a·bus·es

  1. To use wrongly or improperly; misuse.

  2. To hurt or injure physically by maltreatment.

  3. To assail with contemptuous, coarse, or insulting words; revile.

n. (ə-byōōs')
  1. Improper use or handling, as of a drug; misuse.

  2. Physical maltreatment, as of a spouse or child.

  3. Insulting or coarse language.


a·bus'er n.
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Example sentences for abused
When such permits to harvest are abused, it is frequently difficult to police.
We meet mae, the reefer den hostess, who is abused by her slick, pusher boyfriend jack.
Cenci had murdered her father, who had abused her in many ways.
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