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    abuse - Dictionary definition and meaning for word abuse

    Definition
    (noun) cruel or inhumane treatment
    Example Sentence
    • the child showed signs of physical abuse
    Definition
    (noun) a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
    Example Sentence
    • when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse
    • they yelled insults at the visiting team
    Definition
    (noun) improper or excessive use
    Synonyms : misuse
    Example Sentence
    • alcohol abuse
    • the abuse of public funds
    Definition
    (verb) treat badly
    Synonyms : ill-treat , ill-use , maltreat , mistreat , step
    Example Sentence
    • This boss abuses his workers
    • She is always stepping on others to get ahead
    Definition
    (verb) change the inherent purpose or function of something
    Synonyms : misuse , pervert
    Example Sentence
    • Don't abuse the system
    • The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers
    Definition
    (verb) use foul or abusive language towards
    Synonyms : blackguard , clapperclaw , shout
    Example Sentence
    • The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket
    • The angry mother shouted at the teacher
    Definition
    (verb) use wrongly or improperly or excessively
    Example Sentence
    • Her husband often abuses alcohol
    • while she was pregnant, she abused drugs
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