verb (used with object), a·bused, a·bus·ing.
Origin of abuse
SYNONYMS FOR abuse
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Hasidic Judaism has a reputation for subverting and abusing women—and women have come forward with testimony to prove it.The Sisterhood of Bulletproof Stockings: It’s Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers|Emily Shire|September 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Goddard was accused of abusing Michael Egan in Hawaii when Egan was a teenager.Third Hollywood Power Player Files Motion to Dismiss Sex Abuse Lawsuit|Tim Teeman|May 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I told him, ‘He is abusing me every single day, what am I supposed to do?’Pope Francis Declares Divorcees Deserve Compassion, Too|Kirsten Powers|March 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This progresses to Fox abusing Spinelli at Fox's home, forcing him to engage in various sexual acts.How Frank Spinelli Fought to Bring His Molestor to Justice|Tim Teeman|March 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Maday was accused of abusing between 35 and 45 children in Wisconsin, which is under the Chicago Archdiocese.
If he is unmeasured in abusing some people, he is also unlimited in praising others.
Some gazed in silence, but many amused themselves by abusing us, and bestowing on us all sorts of uncomplimentary names.Saved from the Sea|W.H.G. Kingston
Marjory, you little mite; you arent as big as you were the last time I saw youare they abusing you at this place?Girls of Highland Hall|Carolyn Watson Rankin
She avowed her determination to conceal the secrets of the government from those who were capable of abusing her confidence.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66|John Lothrop Motley
They alone were armed, master of the inhabitants, using and abusing things and persons according to their caprices.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 4 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine