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abuse

abuse - Dictionary definition and meaning for word abuse

Definition
(noun) cruel or inhumane treatment
Example Sentence
  • the child showed signs of physical abuse

Definition
(noun) a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
Example Sentence
  • when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse
  • they yelled insults at the visiting team

Definition
(noun) improper or excessive use
Synonyms : misuse
Example Sentence
  • alcohol abuse
  • the abuse of public funds

Definition
(verb) treat badly
Synonyms : ill-treat , ill-use , maltreat , mistreat , step
Example Sentence
  • This boss abuses his workers
  • She is always stepping on others to get ahead

Definition
(verb) change the inherent purpose or function of something
Synonyms : misuse , pervert
Example Sentence
  • Don't abuse the system
  • The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers

Definition
(verb) use foul or abusive language towards
Synonyms : blackguard , clapperclaw , shout
Example Sentence
  • The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket
  • The angry mother shouted at the teacher

Definition
(verb) use wrongly or improperly or excessively
Example Sentence
  • Her husband often abuses alcohol
  • while she was pregnant, she abused drugs

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