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Abuse meaning

abuse - 14 dictionary results

  1. 1. treat badly; " This boss abuses his workers"; " She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.
  5. 5. To dishonor.
  6. 6. To violate; to ravish.
  7. 7. To deceive; to impose on.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. Physical ill treatment; injury.
  10. 10. A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service.
  11. 11. Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling.
  12. 12. Misuse of the Chapter 7 bankruptcy remedy. This term is typically applied to Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings that should have been filed under Chapter 13, because the debtor appears to have enough disposable income to fund a Chapter 13 repayment plan.
  13. 13. Ill use; reviling.
  14. 14. To misuse; treat ill; revile.

abuse - examples of usage

  1. She bore all their ill language without returning it, and endeavoured to win them to her by gentle persuasions; but not prevailing, and her patience spent, she said, I never injured any of you, but have strove to do you all the good offices which I was capable of doing; why, then, do you envy and abuse me?
  2. His business is chiefly with the cottagers, and his print is very likely full of abuse of the landed proprietors as a body. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  3. Loud shouts of laughter burst from the people, mingled with no small amount of abuse hurled at Chacot for the trick he had played them. - "Paddy Finn", W. H. G. Kingston.
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