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any technique of behavior modification that uses unpleasant stimuli in a controlled fashion to alter behavior in a therapeutic way; primarily used for alcoholism or drug abuse (but with little success) aversion therapy
foul-mouthed or obscene abuse billingsgate , scurrility
bureau in the Department of Justice that assists local criminal justice systems to reduce or prevent crime and violence and drug abuse BJA , Bureau of Justice Assistance
violence or physical abuse directed toward your spouse or domestic partner; usually violence by men against women domestic violence
drug that is taken for nonmedicinal reasons (usually for mind-altering effects); drug abuse can lead to physical and mental damage and (with some substances) dependence and addiction drug of abuse , street drug
(Yiddish) a thief or dishonest person or scoundrel (often used as a general term of abuse) ganef , ganof , gonif , goniff
abuse via words invective
terms of abuse for a masturbator jerk-off , tosser , wanker
abuse by satire lampoon
unscrupulous abuse low blow
abuse or manhandle maul
sedative-hypnotic drug (trade name Quaalude) that is a drug of abuse methaqualone , Quaalude
verbal abuse; a crude substitute for argument name calling , names
unconsciousness from substance abuse narcosis
state of disgrace resulting from public abuse obloquy , opprobrium
expose to public abuse pillory
abuse and vilify revile
act of making a piece of equipment rugged (strengthening to resist wear or abuse) ruggedisation , ruggedization
drug of abuse that is considered relatively mild and not likely to cause addiction soft drug
political scandal involving abuse of power and bribery and obstruction of justice; led to the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974 Watergate , Watergate scandal
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