verb (used with object), mis·used, mis·us·ing.
Origin of misuse
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Danczuk and fellow Labour MP Tom Watson have been demanding action to shine a light on allegations of the misuse of power.Alleged U.K. Parliamentary Pedophile Ring Hushed Up for Decades|Nico Hines|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The misuse of conscience exemptions is threatening our hard-won plurality.How ‘Religious Freedom’ Is Hurting Everyone’s Freedom|Robert Shrum|March 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The misuse of Sandy funds is not only morally indefensible but potentially criminal.A Mob-Defying Former Mayor Knows Why New Jersey Is So Corrupt|Burt Ross|February 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even when bundled together, just 2.6 percent of Americans misuse prescription drugs in a given month.
He admitted that means people might take their idea and misuse it.
It is the condition which leads toward the misuse of young girls in wage-earning tasks.The Family and it's Members|Anna Garlin Spencer
To call the success of it a succs d'estime would be a misuse of words.Musical Criticisms|Arthur Johnstone
In that case it will be easy to select for study those words which the pupils are most likely to misuse.Practical Exercises in English|Huber Gray Buehler
Will you misuse that attraction to make them fly at one another's throats?Stray Pearls|Charlotte M. Yonge
I trust I have none who will ever misuse so basely anything that may come to them as a blessing.