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Definition of 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

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

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

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.
James Madison

All European tradition, Marxism included, has conspired to defy the natural order of all things. Mother Earth has been abused, the powers have been abused, and this cannot go on forever. No theory can alter that simple fact. Mother Earth will retaliate, the whole environment will retaliate, and the abusers will be eliminated.
Russell Means

I am disturbed by how states abuse laws on Internet access. I am concerned that surveillance programmes are becoming too aggressive. I understand that national security and criminal activity may justify some exceptional and narrowly-tailored use of surveillance. But that is all the more reason to safeguard human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Ban Ki-moon
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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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