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

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
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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 abuse

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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Medicine definitions for abuse

abuse

[ ə-byōōz ]

v.

n.

Related formsa•buser n.
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