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Definition of Abuse

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misuse; injure, harm, mistreat; insult, malign, curse, revile
misuse; maltreatment; corrupt practice; foul language
Abuse Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling.
  
(v. t.)
Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child.
  
(v. t.)
To violate; to ravish.
  
(v. t.)
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.
  
(v. t.)
To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.
  
(v. t.)
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.
  
(v. t.)
To dishonor.
  
(v. t.)
To deceive; to impose on.
  
(v. t.)
Physical ill treatment; injury.
  
(v. t.)
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.
  
(v. t.)
A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service.
  
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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abuse
\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.
2. physical ill treatment; injury. "rejoice at the abuse of falstaff."
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.
5. violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child. [obs.] or is it some abuse, and no such thing?
abuse
of distress (law), a wrongful using of an animal or chattel distrained, by the distrainer.


  similar words(1) 



 abuse of distress 
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Camwri = n. perversion, abuse
Drelio = v. to use low abuse
Shakespeare Words
to deceive; deception
Anagram
beaus
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. cruel or inhumane treatment
(synonym) maltreatment, ill-treatment, ill-usage
(hypernym) mistreatment
(hyponym) child abuse
(derivation) mistreat, maltreat, ill-use, step, ill-treat
2. 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"
(synonym) insult, revilement, contumely, vilification
(hypernym) disrespect, discourtesy
(hyponym) low blow
(derivation) clapperclaw, blackguard, shout
3. improper or excessive use
(synonym) misuse
(hypernym) use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise
(hyponym) substance abuse, drug abuse, habit
(derivation) pervert, misuse

Verb
1. treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
(synonym) mistreat, maltreat, ill-use, step, ill-treat
(hypernym) treat, handle, do by
(hyponym) kick around
(derivation) maltreatment, ill-treatment, ill-usage
2. 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"
(synonym) pervert, misuse
(hypernym) use, expend
(hyponym) fracture
(derivation) misuse
3. use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"
(synonym) clapperclaw, blackguard, shout
(hypernym) attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assault
(hyponym) slang
(derivation) insult, revilement, contumely, vilification
Abuse Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dream Dictionary
To dream of abusing a person, means that you will be unfortunate in your affairs, losing good money through over-bearing persistency in business relations with others.

To feel yourself abused, you will be molested in your daily pursuits by the enmity of others.

For a young woman to dream that she hears abusive language, foretells that she will fall under the ban of some person's jealousy and envy. If she uses the language herself, she will meet with unexpected rebuffs, that may fill her with mortification and remorse for her past unworthy conduct toward friends.
  
Ten Thousand Dreams Interpreted, or "What's in a dream": a scientific and practical exposition; By Gustavus Hindman, 1910. For the open domain e-text see: Guttenberg Project
Abuse Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of an entity, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, assault, violation, rape, unjust practices; crimes, or other types of aggression.

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Abuse Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
TAO OF DIVORCE A - Z
See Cruel and Abusive Treatment
Massachusetts Divorce Law Dictionary
See Cruel and Abusive Treatment
Abuse Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
English - Klingon
n. & v. ghong
Abuse Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Medicine (Shahram)
1 noun
(a) using something wrongly
alcohol abuse or amphetamine abuse or drug abuse or solvent abuse = being mentally and physically dependent on regularly taking alcohol or amphetamines or drugs or inhaling solvents
(b) bad treatment of a person; child abuse or sexual abuse of children
(NOTE: no plural)
2 verb
(a) to use something wrongly; heroin and cocaine are commonly abused drugs
to abuse one's authority = to use one's powers in an illegal or harmful way
(b) to treat someone badly; he had sexually abused small children