Definition of Abuse. Meaning of Abuse. Synonyms of Abuse

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Definition of Abuse

Abuse
Abuse A*buse", n. [F. abus, L. abusus, fr. abuti. See Abuse, v. t.] 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. ``Rejoice . . . at the abuse of Falstaff.' --Shak. 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. [Obs.] 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. Syn: Invective; contumely; reproach; scurrility; insult; opprobrium. Usage: Abuse, Invective. Abuse is generally prompted by anger, and vented in harsh and unseemly words. It is more personal and coarse than invective. Abuse generally takes place in private quarrels; invective in writing or public discussions. Invective may be conveyed in refined language and dictated by indignation against what is blameworthy. --C. J. Smith.

Meaning of Abuse from wikipedia

- Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of an entity, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or...
- Child abuse or child maltreatment is physical, ****ual, or psychological maltreatment or neglect of a child or children, especially by a parent or other...
- Domestic violence (also named domestic abuse or family violence) is violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as...
- Psychological abuse (also referred to as psychological violence, emotional abuse, or mental abuse) is a form of abuse, characterized by a person subjecting...
- ****ual abuse, also referred to as molestation, is usually undesired ****ual behavior by one person upon another. It is often perpetrated using force or...
- Child ****ual abuse, also called child molestation, is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for ****ual stimulation....
- Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is a patterned use of a drug in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods which are...
- Cases of child ****ual abuse by Catholic priests, nuns and members of religious orders in the 20th and 21st centuries has been widespread and has led to...
- Elder abuse (also called "elder mistreatment", "senior abuse", "abuse in later life", "abuse of older adults", "abuse of older women", and "abuse of older...
- Physical abuse is any intentional act causing injury or trauma to another person or animal by way of bodily contact. In most cases, children are the victims...
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