[noun mis-yoos; verb mis-yooz]
- wrong or improper use; misapplication.
- Obsolete. bad or abusive treatment.
- to use wrongly or improperly; misapply.
- to treat badly or abusively; maltreat.
Origin of misuse
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1. misemployment, misappropriation.
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Examples from the Web for misuse
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
July 8, 2014
The misuse of conscience exemptions is threatening our hard-won plurality.How ‘Religious Freedom’ Is Hurting Everyone’s Freedom
March 5, 2014
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
February 13, 2014
Even when bundled together, just 2.6 percent of Americans misuse prescription drugs in a given month.The Drug War Is Over (If Obama Wants It)
October 30, 2013
He admitted that means people might take their idea and misuse it.Sunday Assembly Is the Hot New Atheist Church
September 21, 2013
Of little worth as life is when we misuse it, it is worth that effort.A Tale of Two Cities
We found they knew, alas, too much about the misuse of everything growing in the field!Lotus Buds
They were provided thee; all that thou hast created is misuse!The Golden Fountain
In fine, we owe the success of this trick to the misuse of fine emotions.
And the only way of learning how to use properly a thing is through its misuse.My Reminiscences
- erroneous, improper, or unorthodox usemisuse of words
- cruel or inhumane treatment
- to use wrongly
- to treat badly or harshly
- to use (something, esp alcohol, drugs, etc) improperly
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Word Origin and History for misuse
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