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Definition of misuse:

  1. To abuse; to treat ill.
  2. To treat or use improperly; to use to a bad purpose; to misapply; as, to misuse one's talents.
  3. Violence, or its effects.
  4. Wrong use; misapplication; erroneous or improper use.

Synonyms:

misemploy, molest, ravish, clapperclaw, shout, deprave, injure, pervert, reproach, sophisticate, aggrieve, wrong, mishandling, perversion, perversion, misappropriation, demoralise, misappropriate, convolute, demoralize, damage, misapply, defame, abuse, mistreat, misdirect, disparage, ruin, rail at, vilify, help, revilement, harm, twist around, vilification, vitiate, blackguard, impose on _or_ oppress, vituperate, misapplication, victimize, contumely, profane, revile, malign, treat well, upon, step, misapplication, mishandle, insult, ill-usage, slander, prostitute, subvert, corrupt, persecute, twist.

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