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misuse

[ noun mis-yoos; verb mis-yooz ]
/ noun mɪsˈyus; verb mɪsˈyuz /
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noun
wrong or improper use; misapplication.
Obsolete. bad or abusive treatment.
verb (used with object), mis·used, mis·us·ing.
to use wrongly or improperly; misapply.
to treat badly or abusively; maltreat.
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Origin of misuse

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at mis-1, use
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British Dictionary definitions for misuse

misuse

noun (ˌmɪsˈjuːs) misusage
erroneous, improper, or unorthodox usemisuse of words
cruel or inhumane treatment
verb (ˌmɪsˈjuːz) (tr)
to use wrongly
to treat badly or harshly
to use (something, esp alcohol, drugs, etc) improperly
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