|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|
|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 |
abuse a·buse (ə-byōōz')
v. a·bused, a·bus·ing, a·bus·es
To use wrongly or improperly; misuse.
To hurt or injure physically by maltreatment.
To assail with contemptuous, coarse, or insulting words; revile.
Improper use or handling, as of a drug; misuse.
Physical maltreatment, as of a spouse or child.
Insulting or coarse language.