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Meaning of ABUSE

Pronunciation:  [n]u'byoos, [v]u'byooz, u'bjuz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  cruel or inhumane treatment
  2. [n]  improper or excessive use
  3. [n]  a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse"; "they yelled insults at the visiting team"
  4. [v]  change the inherent purpose or function of something; "Don't abuse the system"; "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers"
  5. [v]  use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"
  6. [v]  treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"

ABUSE is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: blackguard, clapperclaw, contumely, ill-treat, ill-treatment, ill-usage, ill-use, insult, maltreat, maltreatment, mistreat, misuse, misuse, pervert, revilement, shout, vilification
 See Also: assail, assault, attack, billingsgate, child abuse, child neglect, cruelty, curse, cut, discourtesy, disrespect, do by, drug abuse, employment, exercise, expend, fracture, habit, handle, inhuman treatment, invective, kick around, lash out, low blow, mistreatment, persecution, rail, revile, round, scurrility, slang, snipe, stinger, substance abuse, take in vain, treat, usage, use, use, utilisation, utilization, vilify, vitriol, vituperate, vituperation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*buse"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abused}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Abusing}.] [F. abuser; L. abusus, p. p. of abuti to abuse,
    misuse; ab + uti to use. See {Use}.]
    1. To put to a wrong use; to misapply; to misuse; to put to a
       bad use; to use for a wrong purpose or end; to pervert;
       as, to abuse inherited gold; to make an excessive use of;
       as, to abuse one's authority.
             This principle (if one may so abuse the word) shoots
             rapidly into popularity.              --Froude.
    2. To use ill; to maltreat; to act injuriously to; to punish
       or to tax excessively; to hurt; as, to abuse prisoners, to
       abuse one's powers, one's patience.
    3. To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.
             The . . . tellers of news abused the general.
    4. To dishonor. ``Shall flight abuse your name?'' --Shak.
    5. To violate; to ravish. --Spenser.
    6. To deceive; to impose on. [Obs.]
             Their eyes red and staring, cozened with a moist
             cloud, and abused by a double object. --Jer. Taylor.
    Syn: To maltreat; injure; revile; reproach; vilify;
         vituperate; asperse; traduce; malign.
  2. \A*buse"\, n. [F. abus, L. abusus, fr. abuti. See {Abuse},
    v. t.]
    1. Improper treatment or use; application to a wrong or bad
       purpose; misuse; as, an abuse of our natural powers; an
       abuse of civil rights, or of privileges or advantages; an
       abuse of language.
             Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty,
             as well as by the abuses of power.    --Madison.
    2. Physical ill treatment; injury. ``Rejoice . . . at the
       abuse of Falstaff.'' --Shak.
    3. A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as,
       the abuses in the civil service.
             Abuse after disappeared without a struggle..
    4. Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive
       language; virulent condemnation; reviling.
             The two parties, after exchanging a good deal of
             abuse, came to blows.                 --Macaulay.
    5. Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child. [Obs.]
             Or is it some abuse, and no such thing? --Shak.
    {Abuse of distress} (Law), a wrongful using of an animal or
       chattel distrained, by the distrainer.
    Syn: Invective; contumely; reproach; scurrility; insult;
    Usage: {Abuse}, {Invective}. Abuse is generally prompted by
           anger, and vented in harsh and unseemly words. It is
           more personal and coarse than invective. Abuse
           generally takes place in private quarrels; invective
           in writing or public discussions. Invective may be
           conveyed in refined language and dictated by
           indignation against what is blameworthy. --C. J.
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