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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

We should meet abuse by forbearance. Human nature is so constituted that if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.
Mahatma Gandhi

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.
George Washington

Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is.
Ronald Reagan

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
Edmund Burke

Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
John Adams
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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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