abuse

[ verb uh-byooz; noun uh-byoos ]
/ verb əˈbyuz; noun əˈbyus /
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verb (used with object), a·bused, a·bus·ing.

noun


Nearby words

  1. abundant number,
  2. abundant year,
  3. abundantly,
  4. abury,
  5. abusage,
  6. abuser,
  7. abusive,
  8. abut,
  9. abutilon,
  10. abutment

Idioms

    abuse oneself, to masturbate.

Origin of abuse

1400–50; (v.) late Middle English abusen < Middle French abuser, verbal derivative of abus < Latin abūsus misuse, wasting, equivalent to abūt(ī) to use up, misuse (ab- ab- + ūtī to use) + -tus suffix of v. action; (noun) late Middle English abus < Middle French abus or Latin abūsus

ANTONYMS FOR abuse
3, 7. praise.

Related forms

Synonym study

7. Abuse, censure, invective all mean strongly expressed disapproval. Abuse implies an outburst of harsh and scathing words against another (often one who is defenseless): abuse directed against an opponent. Censure implies blame, adverse criticism, or hostile condemnation: severe censure of acts showing bad judgment. Invective applies to strong but formal denunciation in speech or print, often in the public interest: invective against graft.

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British Dictionary definitions for abusable

abuse

verb (əˈbjuːz) (tr)

noun (əˈbjuːs)

Derived Formsabuser, noun

Word Origin for abuse

c14 (vb): via Old French from Latin abūsus, past participle of abūtī to misuse, from ab- 1 + ūtī to use

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Word Origin and History for abusable
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Medicine definitions for abusable

abuse

[ ə-byōōz ]

v.

n.

Related formsa•buser n.


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