mis used

misuse

[n. mis-yoos; v. mis-yooz]
noun
1.
wrong or improper use; misapplication.
2.
Obsolete. bad or abusive treatment.
verb (used with object), misused, misusing.
3.
to use wrongly or improperly; misapply.
4.
to treat badly or abusively; maltreat.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see mis-1, use


1. misemployment, misappropriation.
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misuse
 
n
1.  erroneous, improper, or unorthodox use: misuse of words
2.  cruel or inhumane treatment
 
vb
3.  to use wrongly
4.  to treat badly or harshly
5.  to use (something, esp alcohol, drugs, etc) improperly

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misuse
late 14c., "to use improperly;" see mis- (1) + use (v.). Meaning "to subject to ill-treatment" is attested from 1540. The noun is from late 14c., in a sense related to the older meaning of the verb.
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