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  Definition of abuse
  1. cruel or inhumane treatment
  2. improper or excessive use
  3. a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse"; "they yelled insults at the visiting team"
  4. change the inherent purpose or function of something; "Don''t abuse the system"; "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers"
  5. use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"
  6. treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
Similar Words: maltreatment, ill-treatment, ill-usage, misuse, insult, revilement, contumely, vilification, pervert, clapperclaw, blackguard, shout, mistreat, maltreat, ill-use, step, ill-treat

 

Hyponyms: child abuse, child neglect, persecution, cruelty, inhuman treatment, substance abuse, drug abuse, habit, low blow, scurrility, billingsgate, stinger, cut, vituperation, invective, vitriol, fracture, take in vain, slang, vilify, revile, vituperate, rail, curse, kick around

 

Derivational Morphology: mistreat, maltreat, ill-use, step, ill-treat, pervert, misuse, misapply, vilify, revile, vituperate, rail, diss, insult, affront, clapperclaw, blackguard, shout, perversion, revilement, contumely, vilification, abuser, maltreater, maltreatment, ill-treatment, ill-usage, mistreatment

 

Language Translations:
Danish: misbrug and misbruge and mishandle and mishandling and seksuelt misbrug   Dutch: misbruik and misbruiken and mishandelen and mishandeling  
Finnish: hyväksikäyttö and pahoinpidellä and pahoinpitely and väärinkäyttää and väärinkäyttö   French: abus and abuser and viole  
German: Missbrauch and missbrauchen and Misshandlung   Greek: κατάχρηση and κακομεταχείριση  
Hebrew: התעלל and התעללות and ניצול לרעה and ניצל לרעה and תקיפה מינית   Hindi: दुरूपयोग  
Italian: abusare and abuso and abuso sessuale   Japanese: 酷使する and 濫用 and 濫用する  
Norwegian: misbruk and misbruke and mishandle and mishandling and voldtekt   Polish: nadużycie  
Portuguese: abusar and abuso   Russian: злоупотребление and злоупотреблять and издевательство and издеваться  
Swedish: missbruk and missbruka and misshandel and misshandla   Tagalog: abuso  
 
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