American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To use wrongly or improperly; misuse: abuse alcohol; abuse a privilege.
- v. To hurt or injure by maltreatment; ill-use.
- v. To force sexual activity on; rape or molest.
- v. To assail with contemptuous, coarse, or insulting words; revile.
- v. Obsolete To deceive or trick.
- n. Improper use or handling; misuse: abuse of authority; drug abuse.
- n. Physical maltreatment: spousal abuse.
- n. Sexual abuse.
- n. An unjust or wrongful practice: a government that commits abuses against its citizens.
- n. Insulting or coarse language: verbal abuse.
- idiom. abuse oneself Vulgar To masturbate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To use ill; misuse; put to a wrong or bad use; divert from the proper use; misapply: as, to abuse rights or privileges; to abuse words.
- To do wrong to; act injuriously toward; injure; disgrace; dishonor.
- To violate; ravish; defile. To attack with contumelious language; revile. To deceive; impose on; mislead.
- Synonyms To Abuse, Misuse, misapply, misemploy, pervert, profane. Abuse and misuse are closely synonymous terms, but misuse conveys more particularly the idea of using inappropriately, abuse that of treating injuriously. In general, abuse is the stronger word.
- To maltreat, ill-use, injure. To revile, reproach, vilify, rate, berate, vituperate, rail at.
- n. Ill use; improper treatment or employment; application to a wrong purpose; improper use or application: as, an abuse of our natural powers; an abuse of civil rights, or of religious privileges; abuse of advantages; abuse of words.
- n. Ill treatment of a person; injury; insult; dishonor; especially, ill treatment in words; contumelious language.
- n. A corrupt practice or custom; an offense; a crime; a fault: as, the abuses of government.
- n. Violation; defilement: as, self-abuse. Deception.
- n. Abuse, Invective, maltreatment, outrage; vituperation, contumely, scolding, reviling, aspersion, slander, obloquy. (See invective.) “ Abuse as compared with invective is more personal and coarse, being conveyed in harsh and unseemly terms, and dictated by angry feeling and bitter temper. Invective is more commonly aimed at character or conduct, and may be conveyed in writing and in refined language, and dictated by indignation against what is in itself blameworthy. It often, however, means public abuse under such restraints as are imposed by position and education.”
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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; ; to make an excessive use of.
- v. To use ill; to maltreat; to act injuriously to; to punish or to tax excessively; to hurt.
- v. To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.
- v. To dishonor.
- v. To violate; to ravish.
- v. obsolete To deceive; to impose on.
- n. Improper treatment or use; application to a wrong or bad purpose; misuse.
- n. Physical ill treatment; injury.
- n. A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault.
- n. Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling.
- n. obsolete Violation; rape.
- n. a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
- v. use wrongly or improperly or excessively
- v. change the inherent purpose or function of something
- v. use foul or abusive language towards
- n. improper or excessive use
- n. cruel or inhumane treatment
- v. treat badly
- From Middle English abusen, then from either Old French abus ("improper use"), or from Latin abūsus ("misused, using up"), perfect active participle of abūtor ("make improper use of, consume, abuse"), from ab ("away") + ūtor ("to use"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English abusen, from Old French abuser, from abus, improper use, from Latin abūsus, past participle of abūtī, to misuse : ab-, away; see ab-1 + ūtī, to use. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This jackass didn't do this out of the blue like many abusers who are moderate then get extreme; this level of abuse ** was the pattern of abuse** for this poor girl.”
“_truth_ abuse them? does the _exposition_ of the _foulest combination_ that ever disgraced this or any other county, _constitute abuse_?”
“To the previous facts you are a witness, and best know how far my recapitulation is correct; and I request that you will inform Mr. Perry from me, that I wonder he should permit such an abuse of my name in his paper; I say an _abuse_, because my absence, at least, demands some respect, and my presence and positive sanction could alone justify him in such a proceeding, even were the lines mine; and if false, there are no words for him.”
“When most people hear of the term abuse, they do not think about being slapped, being chilly, being ignored or, for that matter, having someone stare at you in the shower.”
“The idea of subjecting every US citizen to this abuse is abhorrent.”
“Because they often insult the pride of the listener rather than disparaging his or her reputation, vituperative epithets that are intended as mere abuse and are understood as such by the hearer are not actionable in defamation, although other causes of action in tort may arise if the abuse is accompanied by physical aggression or psychiatric or other physical injury.”
“How widespread do you think the abuse is and is there any way to safeguard against it better?”
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“By the time Farouq was released from Guantanamo the next year, however — after more than 12 months of what he described as abuse and humiliation at the hands of American soldiers — he'd made connections to high-level militants.”
“Tonight, Jon Gosselin speaks out about what he calls abuse by his estranged wife, Kate.”
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