verb (used with object), a·bused, a·bus·ing.
Origin of abuse
Synonyms for abuse
Antonyms for abuse
Related Words for abuseprostitution, crime, exploitation, misdeed, injustice, wrongdoing, offense, misuse, misconduct, corruption, harm, violation, maltreatment, damage, injury, pollution, violate, maltreat, impair, corrupt
Examples from the Web for abuse
Contemporary Examples of abuse
These were cops who had worked the protests and suffered the accompanying verbal taunts and abuse.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
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’
January 6, 2015
Perhaps one of the most egregious examples is the abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws.Are Police Stealing People’s Property?
Joan Blades, Matt Kibbe
January 2, 2015
Law is essential to freedom because it safeguards citizens against misconduct and abuse.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
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
December 25, 2014
Historical Examples of abuse
Let us rejoice that one such partisan was now at hand to stem the torrent of abuse.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Abandonment and abuse are not acts of God, they are failures of love.
Oh, Whizzer, you poor fellow, why do you let him abuse you so?Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
That would have been an abuse of our treaties, and unworthy of your character.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Yes, they have good times, their freedom is large, and they do not abuse it.American Notes
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.).