American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Improper, unlawful, or incorrect use; misapplication.
- v. To use incorrectly.
- v. To mistreat or abuse. See Synonyms at abuse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To treat or use improperly; apply to an improper purpose; make a false or improper use of.
- To use or treat badly; abuse or maltreat in act or speech.
- Synonyms Abuse, Misuse. See abuse.
- n. Improper use; misapplication; employment in a wrong way or to a bad purpose; perversion.
- n. Abuse; ill treatment.
- n. Synonyms Perversion, profanation, prostitution. See abuse, v. t.
- n. An incorrect, improper or unlawful use of something.
- v. transitive To use (something) incorrectly.
- v. transitive To abuse or mistreat (something or someone).
- v. obsolete, transitive To abuse verbally, to insult.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To treat or use improperly; to use to a bad purpose; to misapply.
- v. To abuse; to treat ill.
- n. Wrong use; misapplication; erroneous or improper use.
- n. obsolete Violence, or its effects.
- v. apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly
- n. improper or excessive use
- v. change the inherent purpose or function of something
- From mis- + use (verb) (Wiktionary)
“The front lawn of the Greene County Courthouse in Downtown Greeneville was filled with hundreds of citizens Thursday night, protesting what they describe as the misuse of federal tax dollars.”
“My dyslexia prevents me from noticing a lot of my atrocious misspellings, not to mention the fact that sometimes, I just plain misuse words.”
“The recent LUBA appeal on Urban Renewal misuse is a beginning.”
“What constitutes apostrophe misuse is less clear-cut than you might suppose after visiting name-and-shame-type websites.”
“I don't believe in misuse of 'bad' language, and would only use it to 'show' something about a character that could not be shown otherwise.”
“Merciful Lord, deliver the world from people who claim your name misuse Your word to perpetuate evil.”
“Patron confuses “lay” and “lie” in a line of dialogue on page 4, and while you could argue that this misuse is in character for the speaker, she makes similar lapses in expository passages.”
“It is also the long-term misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.”
“You chose the word misuse earlier; you now use spinning.”
“Of course, I must tut-tut the Tarantinesque title misuse of "pulp," but I can stop there.”
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