Abuse

  • 21 abuse — /abyiiws/ 1. noun Everything which is contrary to good order established by usage. Departure from reasonable use; immoderate or improper use. Physical or mental maltreatment. Misuse. Deception. To wrong in speech, reproach coarsely, disparage,… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 22 abuse — a|buse1 W3S2 [əˈbju:s] n 1.) [plural, U] cruel or violent treatment of someone ▪ several cases of child abuse physical/sexual/racial abuse ▪ Many children suffer racial abuse at school. ▪ An independent committee will look into alleged human… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 23 abuse — I UK [əˈbjuːs] / US [əˈbjus] noun Word forms abuse : singular abuse plural abuses ** 1) a) [countable/uncountable] cruel, violent, or unfair treatment, especially of someone who does not have the power to prevent it The regime had been… …

    English dictionary

  • 24 abuse — 1 noun 1 (C, U) the use of something in a way that it should not be used (+ of): government officials abuse of power | open to abuse (=able or likely to be used in the wrong way): The city s metro system is open to abuse by fare dodgers. |… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 25 abuse — a|buse1 [ ə bjus ] noun *** 1. ) count or uncount cruel, violent, or unfair treatment, especially of someone who does not have the power to prevent it: The regime had been responsible for serious human rights abuses. abuse of: Physical abuse and… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 26 abuse — ♦♦ abuses, abusing, abused (The noun is pronounced [[t]əbju͟ːs[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]əbju͟ːz[/t]].) 1) N UNCOUNT: also N in pl, usu with supp Abuse of someone is cruel and violent treatment of them. ...investigation of alleged child… …

    English dictionary

  • 27 Abuse — Der Begriff „Abuse“ (engl. Missbrauch, Ausnutzung) bezieht sich auf die missbräuchliche Ausnutzung von Internetdiensten, insbesondere im Hinblick auf den E Mail Verkehr, aber auch zunehmend im Bereich interaktiver Webanwendungen.… …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 28 abuse — abusable /euh byooh zeuh beuhl/, adj. abuser, n. v. /euh byoohz /; n. /euh byoohs /, v., abused, abusing, n. v.t. 1. to use wrongly or improperly; misuse: to abuse one s authority. 2. to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way: to abuse a …

    Universalium

  • 29 abuse — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French abus, from Latin abusus, from abuti to consume, from ab + uti to use Date: 15th century 1. a corrupt practice or custom 2. improper or excessive use or treatment ; misuse < drug abuse > < …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 30 abuse — a•buse v. [[t]əˈbyuz[/t]] n. [[t]əˈbyus[/t]] v. a•bused, a•bus•ing, n. 1) to use wrongly or improperly; misuse: to abuse one s authority[/ex] 2) to treat in a harmful or injurious way: to abuse a horse; to abuse one s eyesight[/ex] 3) to speak… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 31 abuse — 01. Many women who become prostitutes were sexually [abused] as children. 02. There are many child workers who are [abused] by factory owners in some countries. 03. Don t [abuse] your privileges or they will be taken away. 04. She got a divorce… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 32 abuse — 1. Misuse, wrong use, especially excessive use, of anything. 2. Injurious, harmful, or offensive treatment, as in child a. or sexual a. child a. the psychological, emotional, and sexual a. of a child, typically by a parent, stepparent, or parent… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 33 abuse — 1. verb 1) the judge abused his power Syn: misuse, misapply, misemploy; exploit, take advantage of 2) he was accused of abusing children Syn: mistreat, maltreat, ill treat, treat badly; molest, interfere with …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 34 abuse — verb (t) /əˈbjuz / (say uh byoohz) (abused, abusing) 1. to use wrongly or improperly; misuse: to abuse authority; to abuse a confidence. 2. to maltreat; act injuriously towards: to abuse the dog. 3. to inflict a sexual act on (a person),… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 35 abuse —    the use of a person or object for a taboo or illegal purpose    Literally, any kind of maltreatment or misuse.     Descriptive as both noun and verb of sexual activity, especially by adults with children: If Mayhew s figures for the abuse of… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 36 abuse — 1. verb 1) the judge abused his power Syn: misuse, exploit, take advantage of 2) he was accused of abusing women Syn: mistreat, maltreat, ill treat, molest, beat, sexually abuse, interfere with …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 37 abuse — [əˈbjuːs] noun I 1) [C/U] cruel, violent, or unfair treatment human rights abuses[/ex] Many of the children were victims of sexual abuse.[/ex] 2) [C/U] the use of something in a bad, dishonest, or harmful way alcohol/drug/substance abuse[/ex]… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 38 abuse — {{11}}abuse (n.) mid 15c., improper practice, from Fr. abus (14c.), from L. abusus (see ABUSE (Cf. abuse) (v.)). Earlier in Middle English was abusion wicked act or practice, shameful thing, violation of decency (early 14c.), an insult (mid 14c.) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 39 abuse — v. & n. v.tr. 1 use to bad effect or for a bad purpose; misuse (abused his position of power). 2 insult verbally. 3 maltreat. n. 1 a incorrect or improper use (the abuse of power). b an instance of this. 2 insulting language (a torrent of abuse) …

    Useful english dictionary

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