[ verb uh-byooz; noun uh-byoos ]
/ verb əˈbyuz; noun əˈbyus /
verb (used with object), a·bused, a·bus·ing.
to use wrongly or improperly; misuse: to abuse one's authority.
to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way: to abuse a horse; to abuse one's eyesight.
to speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about; revile; malign.
to commit sexual assault upon.
Obsolete. to deceive or mislead.
wrong or improper use; misuse: the abuse of privileges.
harshly or coarsely insulting language: The officer heaped abuse on his men.
bad or improper treatment; maltreatment: The child was subjected to cruel abuse.
a corrupt or improper practice or custom: the abuses of a totalitarian regime.
rape or sexual assault.
abuse oneself, to masturbate.
Origin of abuse
SYNONYMS FOR abuse
a·bus·a·ble [uh-byoo-zuh-buhl] /əˈbyu zə bəl/, adjectivea·bus·er, nounan·ti·a·buse, adjectiveo·ver·a·buse, noun, verb (used with object), o·ver·a·bused, o·ver·a·bus·ing.
un·a·bus·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·bused, adjective
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 abuser
verb (əˈbjuːz) (tr)
to use incorrectly or improperly; misuse
to maltreat, esp physically or sexually
to speak insultingly or cruelly to; revile
(reflexive) to masturbate
improper, incorrect, or excessive use; misuse
maltreatment of a person; injury
insulting, contemptuous, or coarse speech
an evil, unjust, or corrupt practice
See child abuse
archaic a deception
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 abuser
[ ə-byōōz′ ]
To use wrongly or improperly; misuse.
To hurt or injure physically by maltreatment.
To force sexual activity on; rape or molest.
To assail with contemptuous, coarse, or insulting words; revile.
Improper use or handling, as of a drug; misuse.
Physical maltreatment, as of a spouse or child.
The forcing of unwanted sexual activity by one person on another.
Sexual activity that is deemed improper or harmful, as between an adult and a minor or with a person of diminished mental capacity.
Insulting or coarse language.
Related formsa•bus′er n.
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