abuse

  • 1 abuse — 1 /ə byüz/ vt abused, abus·ing 1: to put to a use other than the one intended: as a: to put to a bad or unfair use abusing the powers of office b: to put to improper or excessive use abuse narcotics …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 abuse — vb Abuse, misuse, mistreat, maltreat, ill treat, outrage all denote to use or treat a person or thing improperly or wrongfully. Abuse and misuse are capable of wider use than the others, for they do not invariably imply either deliberateness or… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 Abuse — A*buse , n. [F. abus, L. abusus, fr. abuti. See {Abuse}, v. t.] 1. 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 abuse — noun. This has developed a sinister violent meaning, ‘maltreatment or (especially sexual) assault of a person’, and is now widely familiar in the specific context of child abuse, of which various aspects include physical abuse, domestic abuse,… …

    Modern English usage

  • 5 Abuse — Éditeur Origin Systems, Electronic Arts Développeur Crack dot Com …

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  • 6 Abuse — A*buse , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abusing}.] [F. abuser; L. abusus, p. p. of abuti to abuse, misuse; ab + uti to use. See {Use}.] 1. To put to a wrong use; to misapply; to misuse; to put to a bad use; to use for a wrong… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 abuse — Ⅰ. abuse UK US /əˈbjuːs/ noun ► [C or U] a situation in which a person uses something in a bad or wrong way, especially for their own advantage or pleasure: »The former president has been accused of corruption and abuse of power. »The politician… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 8 abuse — [n1] wrong use corruption, crime, debasement, delinquency, desecration, exploitation, fault, injustice, misapplication, misconduct, misdeed, mishandling, mismanage, misuse, offense, perversion, prostitution, sin, wrong, wrongdoing; concept 156… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 abusé — abusé, ée (a bu zé, zée) 1°   Part. passé. Trompé. Abusé par de vaines promesses. Abusé sur l état des choses. Abusé et dépouillé. •   Nous étions bien abusés, PASC. Prov. 11. •   En vain du sang des rois dont je suis l oppresseur, Les peuples… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 10 Abuse Me — may refer to:ongs* Abuse Me (Silverchair Song) a single by Silverchair from their 1997 album Freak Show. * Abuse Me a bonus song by Sevendust from their 2007 album Alpha …

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  • 11 abuse — abuse; dis·abuse; …

    English syllables

  • 12 abuse — [ə byo͞oz′; , ə byo͞os′] vt. abused, abusing [ME abusen < OFr abuser < L abusus, pp. of abuti, misuse < ab , away, from + uti, to use] 1. to use wrongly; misuse [to abuse a privilege] 2. a) to hurt by treating badly; mistreat b) to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 13 abuse — désabuse …

    Dictionnaire des rimes

  • 14 abusé — Abusé, [abus]ée. part …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 15 abuse — ► VERB 1) use improperly or to excess. 2) treat with cruelty or violence, especially assault sexually. 3) speak to in an insulting and offensive way. ► NOUN 1) the improper use of something. 2) cruel and violent treatment, especially sexual… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 16 Abuse — This article is about the mistreatment of people or systems. For other uses, see Abuse (disambiguation). Mistreat redirects here. For other uses, see Mistreat (disambiguation). Contents 1 Types and contexts of abuse 1.1 …

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  • 17 abuse — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 wrong/bad use of sth ADJECTIVE ▪ alcohol, drug, solvent, substance (= drugs, etc.) ▪ systematic, widespread ▪ flagrant …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 abuse — n. insulting language 1) to heap, shower abuse on, upon; to hurl abuse at 2) to take abuse (she took a lot of abuse from him) 3) verbal abuse 4) a shower, stream of abuse 5) a term of abuse rough use 6) to take abuse (this car has taken a lot of… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19 abuse — /abyiiws/ 1. noun Everything which is contrary to good order established by usage. Departure from reasonable use; immoderate or improper use. Physical or mental maltreatment. Misuse. Deception. To wrong in speech, reproach coarsely, disparage,… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 20 abuse — a|buse1 W3S2 [əˈbju:s] n 1.) [plural, U] cruel or violent treatment of someone ▪ several cases of child abuse physical/sexual/racial abuse ▪ Many children suffer racial abuse at school. ▪ An independent committee will look into alleged human… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English