verb (used with object), a·bused, a·bus·ing.
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The long history of abuse and erasure has sparked ongoing movements from Indigenous communities, some of which have garnered more attention in recent years, like the Standing Rock protests.The case for a Native American secretary of the interior|Rachel Ramirez|November 20, 2020|Vox
None of it was earmarked for substance abuse programs, they said.Patients struggle to access prescription opioids after New York tax drives away suppliers|lbelanger225|November 15, 2020|Fortune
There is a similar pattern when it comes to drug and alcohol abuse.Why We Judge People Based on Their Relatives - Facts So Romantic|Diana Fleischman|November 11, 2020|Nautilus
San Diego County has had a Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board for decades, which was established by a voter initiative in 1990 following a series of allegations of abuse in county jails.New County Board and Sheriff Could Be Headed for a Standoff|Maya Srikrishnan|November 11, 2020|Voice of San Diego
With a composite handle that has yet to show any sign of wear after months of abuse, it’s meant to take a beating.
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?’
At 22, Amanda married a man who began sexually and emotionally abusing her.
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
And all the while she fought him, she punctuated her blows with words, some abusing him, others in defense of her father.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
White with anger and chagrin, the doctor stood roundly abusing the man who had investigated that lonely house.The Doctor of Pimlico|William Le Queux
He thought the only way was to let in public opinion upon the acts and conduct of individuals abusing their power.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
I fidgeted up and down the raft, abusing myself to myself, and Jim was fidgeting up and down past me.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Major Elbert's manner was not that of the bully, or of one abusing brief authority.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants|H. Irving Hancock