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Definition of Abuse

Abuse

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

Abuse Quotations

What does it mean to love someone with all your heart? It means to love with all your emotional feelings and with all your devotion. Surely when you love your wife with all your heart, you cannot demean her, criticize her, find fault with her, or abuse her by words, sullen behavior, or actions.
Ezra Taft Benson

Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation.
Atifete Jahjaga

There is no life to be found in violence. Every act of violence brings us closer to death. Whether it's the mundane violence we do to our bodies by overeating toxic food or drink or the extreme violence of child abuse, domestic warfare, life-threatening poverty, addiction, or state terrorism.
bell hooks

During my eleven years as a New York City public school teacher, I saw firsthand the impact that poverty has on the classroom. In low-income neighborhoods like Sunset Park, where I taught, students as young as five years old enter school affected by the stresses often created by poverty: domestic violence, drug abuse, gang activity.
Sal Albanese

If anyone has seen the horrific and unwatchable footage of the Chinese cat and dog trade - animals skinned alive - then they could not possibly argue in favour of China as a caring nation. There are no animal protection laws in China and this results in the worst animal abuse and cruelty on the planet. It is indefensible.
Steven Patrick Morrissey
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Abuse Translations

abuse in Dutch is gescheld
abuse in Finnish is kiduttaa
abuse in Italian is abuso
abuse in Norwegian is misbruke, misbruk, skjelle ut
abuse in Portuguese is abuso
abuse in Spanish is abuso, usufructo, insulto
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