Definition of Abuse in English :

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Abuse meaning in English

Meaning of Abuse in English

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1. abuse, ill-treatment, ill-usage, maltreatment

cruel or inhumane treatment

Example Sentences:
'the child showed signs of physical abuse'

2. abuse, contumely, insult, revilement, vilification

a rude expression intended to offend or hurt

Example Sentences:
'when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse'
'they yelled insults at the visiting team'

3. abuse, misuse

improper or excessive use

Example Sentences:
'alcohol abuse'
'the abuse of public funds'


4. abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, mistreat, step

treat badly

Example Sentences:
'This boss abuses his workers'
'She is always stepping on others to get ahead'

5. abuse, misuse, pervert

change the inherent purpose or function of something

Example Sentences:
'Don't abuse the system'
'The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers'

6. abuse, blackguard, clapperclaw, shout

use foul or abusive language towards

Example Sentences:
'The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket'
'The angry mother shouted at the teacher'

7. abuse

use wrongly or improperly or excessively

Example Sentences:
'Her husband often abuses alcohol'
'while she was pregnant, she abused drugs'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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verb (əˈbjuːz ) (transitive)
to use incorrectly or improperly; misuse
to maltreat, esp physically or sexually
to speak insultingly or cruelly to; revile
4. (reflexive)
to masturbate
noun (əˈbjuːs )
improper, incorrect, or excessive use; misuse
maltreatment of a person; injury
insulting, contemptuous, or coarse speech
an evil, unjust, or corrupt practice
9.  child abuse
10. archaic
a deception

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verb transitiveWord forms: aˈbused or aˈbusing
to use wrongly; misuse
to abuse a privilege
to hurt by treating badly; mistreat
to inflict physical, sexual, or psychological harm upon
to use insulting, coarse, or bad language about or to; revile
wrong, bad, or excessive use
mistreatment, esp. by the infliction of physical, sexual, or psychological harm; injury
a bad, unjust, or corrupt custom or practice
insulting or coarse language
8.  Obsolete

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


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tr.v. a·bused, a·bus·ing, a·bus·es
1. To use improperly or excessively; misuse: abuse alcohol; abuse a privilege.
2. To hurt or injure by maltreatment; ill-use: animals that were abused by a negligent owner.
3. To force sexual activity on; rape or molest.
4. To assail with insulting or hurtful words; revile.
5. Obsolete To deceive or trick.
n. (ə-bys)
a. Improper or excessive use; misuse: abuse of authority; drug abuse.
b. Rough treatment or use: shoes that have taken a lot of abuse.
a. Physical maltreatment or violence: spousal abuse.
b. Sexual abuse.
c. Insulting or hurtful language, especially when used to threaten or demoralize: subjected her subordinates to verbal abuse.
3. An unjust or wrongful practice: a government that commits abuses against its citizens.

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