[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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In speaking and in writing of stage matters, these words are often misused.
The sense in which it is misused is that of immodest, indecent.
- 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 misused
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