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Definition of 'abuse'

Noun

  1. cruel or inhumane treatment
       Synonyms: maltreatment ill-treatment ill-usage
  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"
       Synonyms: insult revilement contumely vilification
  3. improper or excessive use
       Synonyms: misuse

Verb

  1. treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
       Synonyms: mistreat maltreat ill-use step ill-treat
  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"
       Synonyms: pervert 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"
       Synonyms: clapperclaw blackguard shout
  4. use wrongly or improperly or excessively; "Her husband often abuses alcohol"; "while she was pregnant, she abused drugs"


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