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Definition of abuse:

  1. A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service.
  2. 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.
  3. Physical ill treatment; injury.
  4. To deceive; to impose on.
  5. To dishonor.
  6. 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.
  7. To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.
  8. 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.
  9. To violate; to ravish.
  10. Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child.
  11. Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling.

Synonyms:

mishandle, call, squall, convolute, battery, iniquity, maltreatment, outcry, misdirect, smear, cry out, abhorrence, laugh at, persecution, contumely, call out, misappropriate, use, revilement, roast, help, maltreat, vituperate, harm, step, detestation, rib, presume, impairment, misapply, vilification, damage, affront, wickedness, nuisance, villainy, insult, vitiate, rail against, praise, ill-usage, annoyance, disgust, revile, impose, twist around, aversion, holler, injustice, demoralise, guy, shout, cry, demoralize, hatred, shame, ill-use, deprave, twist, crime, exploit, scream, hurt, malignment, clapperclaw, shout out, subvert, misuse, sophisticate, plague, evil, exclaim, assail, help, ridicule, pace, offense, tread, pervert, mistreatment, blame, mistreat, ill-treatment, abomination, hollo, horror, jest at, defense, injury, execration, blackguard, profane, ill-treat, yell, benefit, make fun, corrupt, poke fun.

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