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misuse

[noun mis-yoos; verb mis-yooz] /noun mɪsˈyus; verb mɪsˈyuz/
noun
1.
wrong or improper use; misapplication.
2.
Obsolete. bad or abusive treatment.
verb (used with object), misused, misusing.
3.
to use wrongly or improperly; misapply.
4.
to treat badly or abusively; maltreat.
Origin of misuse
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at mis-1, use
Synonyms
1. misemployment, misappropriation.
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  • The bread was genuine homemade, a term so often misused in the cities.

  • Plotinus is a mystic, then, though not at all in the sense in which the term is often misused.

  • The physicians do not like to touch a tool which has been misused so badly.

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  • In speaking and in writing of stage matters, these words are often misused.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • The sense in which it is misused is that of immodest, indecent.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
British Dictionary definitions for misused

misuse

noun (ˌmɪsˈjuːs)
1.
erroneous, improper, or unorthodox use: misuse of words
2.
cruel or inhumane treatment
verb (transitive) (ˌmɪsˈjuːz)
3.
to use wrongly
4.
to treat badly or harshly
5.
to use (something, esp alcohol, drugs, etc) improperly
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Word Origin and History for misused

misuse

v.

late 14c., "to use improperly;" see mis- (1) + use (v.). Meaning "to subject to ill-treatment" is attested from 1530s. Related: Misused; misusing.

misuse

n.

late 14c., from mis- (1) + use (n.). It aligns with the older sense of the verb misuse.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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