verb (used with object), a·bused, a·bus·ing.
- abundant number,
- abundant year,
Origin of abuse
Examples from the Web for abuse
These were cops who had worked the protests and suffered the accompanying verbal taunts and abuse.
When they get someone high profile, like the governor [Bob McDonnell] or like Teresa, they will abuse their positions.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps one of the most egregious examples is the abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws.
Law is essential to freedom because it safeguards citizens against misconduct and abuse.
In 2008, he was arrested for reporting about the abuse of prisoners in Syrian jails.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You ought to avoid entirely such a procedure in this last class of cases; for it is an abuse of the genuine purpose of Dialectic.Aristotle|George Grote
May not this practice be justly regarded as an abuse of the asylum?On the State of Lunacy and the Legal Provision for the Insane|John T. Arlidge
The obligation was mutual, that the host should give hospitality, and that the guest should not abuse it.
He had been prepared for abuse, but not for impenetrable silence.One Day's Courtship|Robert Barr
A more flagrant case of abuse of church funds, so far as the principle was concerned, could hardly be imagined.Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam|Ephraim Emerton
verb (əˈbjuːz) (tr)
Word Origin for abuse
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.).