They appeared to be abusing their bodies to maintain a certain weight.
Hasidic Judaism has a reputation for subverting and abusing women—and women have come forward with testimony to prove it.
The raid, when it finally came, was for trading in prescription drugs, not abusing women or committing infanticide.
But that did not matter to the hospital staff, who seemed sure that Rebecca was abusing methadone.
Heitzig denied (PDF) the accusations of abusing his authority.
abusing her gentle nature, however, I frequently neglected her.
She's charged with abusing a magistrate in the exercise of his duty.
Surely if you cannot do this, you too are trifling with words, and abusing your own mind and that of your reader.
What hinders our state legislatures from abusing their powers?
Beyond a doubt Rose had in some way been abusing this mysterious faculty, and Surrey and the pine-woods was the place for him.
early 15c., "to misuse, misapply," from Middle French abuser, from Vulgar Latin *abusare, from Latin abusus "an abusing, using up," past participle of abuti "use up," also "misuse," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + uti "use" (see use). Of sexual situations from early 15c., but originally incest, homosexuality, prostitution, etc.; meaning "to misuse sexually, ravish" is from 1550s. Specifically of drugs, from 1968. Related: Abused; abusing.
mid-15c., "improper practice," from Old French abus (14c.), from Latin abusus (see abuse (v.)). Earlier in Middle English was abusion "wicked act or practice, shameful thing, violation of decency" (early 14c.), "an insult" (mid-14c.).
abuse a·buse (ə-byōōz')
v. a·bused, a·bus·ing, a·bus·es
To use wrongly or improperly; misuse.
To hurt or injure physically by maltreatment.
To assail with contemptuous, coarse, or insulting words; revile.
Improper use or handling, as of a drug; misuse.
Physical maltreatment, as of a spouse or child.
Insulting or coarse language.