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misuse

[n. mis-yoos; v. mis-yooz] /n. mɪsˈyus; v. mɪsˈyuz/
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
1350-1400; Middle English; see mis-1, use
Synonyms
1. misemployment, misappropriation.
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Examples from the web for misuse
  • Scientists say climate change, misuse of water, and desertification are all contributing to its decline.
  • We shouldn't blame faith for the ways people distort it and misuse it.
  • We use data encryption technology to help protect against loss, misuse or alteration of your credit card information.
  • If you make a complex argument, there will be people out there who will simplify and misuse it.
  • But the biggest culprit is the extravagant misuse of water by rapidly expanding farms, factories, and cities.
  • Evidently, years of misuse and overuse had made the land unproductive.
  • Further misuse of site features may result in a temporary block or your account being permanently disabled.
  • The charges against them only related to the truthfulness of their writing, not their misuse of money meant for charity.
  • For a story about the cruel misuse of apes, the irony and hypocrisy of the former was too unbearable.
  • Microwaves will not work, but this project is probably still an enormous misuse of taxpayer money.
British Dictionary definitions for misuse

misuse

noun (ˌmɪsˈjuːs)
1.
erroneous, improper, or unorthodox use: misuse of words
2.
cruel or inhumane treatment
verb (transitive) (ˌmɪsˈjuːz)
3.
to use wrongly
4.
to treat badly or harshly
5.
to use (something, esp alcohol, drugs, etc) improperly
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Word Origin and History for misuse
v.

late 14c., "to use improperly;" see mis- (1) + use (v.). Meaning "to subject to ill-treatment" is attested from 1530s. Related: Misused; misusing.

n.

late 14c., from mis- (1) + use (n.). It aligns with the older sense of the verb misuse.

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