Definition and Meanings for abuse

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Abuse is ranked 3,770 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of abuse

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun

Etymology of abuse

f. abuser; l. abusus, p. p. of abuti to abuse, misuse; ab + uti to use. see use f. abus, l. abusus, fr. abuti. see abuse, v. t.pos

Meaning of abuse


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • to revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.
  • to dishonor.
  • to violate; to ravish.
  • to deceive; to impose on.

as noun, transitive verb

  • 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.
  • physical ill treatment; injury.
  • a corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service.
  • vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling.
  • violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child.
  • No antonyms for abuse

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