[noun mis-yoos; verb mis-yooz]
- wrong or improper use; misapplication.
- Obsolete. bad or abusive treatment.
- to use wrongly or improperly; misapply.
- to treat badly or abusively; maltreat.
Origin of misuse
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1. misemployment, misappropriation.
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Examples from the Web for misusing
Of course he would challenge all those who are misusing his teachings for their own political agenda.Just Imagine Hologram Jesus Telling Paul Ryan and Pat Robertson Off
May 24, 2014
Only recently has Abdessalem himself had to appear in court, on charges of misusing public funds.A Woman Blogger’s Scoop Helped Save Tunisia From Islamists
Thomas A. Bass
April 6, 2014
These arrests should send a message to anyone thinking about misusing a landmark this way.Hero or Criminal? James Brady, the WTC Ironworker Who Jumped Off the Building
March 25, 2014
Then, in early 2004, I learned Mortenson was misusing CAI funds.Is It Time to Forgive Greg Mortenson?
April 8, 2013
Obviously, I'm not going to suggest that we should all give up cell phones because some teenagers may be misusing them.Criminal Flash Mobs. Apparently, That's a Thing Now.
February 26, 2013
He never makes the mistake of misusing that little scent gun.The Burgess Animal Book for Children
Thornton W. Burgess
She had been told that she was misusing him; and she would misuse him no longer.The Vicar of Bullhampton
We are misusing the most sympathetic interpretation when we receive it dogmatically.Talks on the study of literature.
And if you saw any one misusing that letter, how would you feel?Daisy's Work
Joanna H. (Joanna Hooe) Mathews
Tis misusing such eyes to trouble them looking at me, said he.Mothwise
- erroneous, improper, or unorthodox usemisuse of words
- cruel or inhumane treatment
- to use wrongly
- to treat badly or harshly
- to use (something, esp alcohol, drugs, etc) improperly
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Word Origin and History for misusing
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