Abuse

Definition of Abuse

A`buse´
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Abused ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Abusing.]
This principle (if one may so abuse the word) shoots rapidly into popularity.
- Froude.
2.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.
3.To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.
The . . . tellers of news abused the general.
- Macaulay.
4.To dishonor.
5.To violate; to ravish.
6.To deceive; to impose on.
Their eyes red and staring, cozened with a moist cloud, and abused by a double object.
- Jer. Taylor.
n.1.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.
Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty, as well as by the abuses of power.
- Madison.
2.Physical ill treatment; injury.
3.A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service.
Abuse after disappeared without a struggle..
- Macaulay.
4.Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling.
The two parties, after exchanging a good deal of abuse, came to blows.
- Macaulay.
5.Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child.
Or is it some abuse, and no such thing?
- Shak.
Abuse of distress
(Law) a wrongful using of an animal or chattel distrained, by the distrainer.

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