misuse

[ noun mis-yoos; verb mis-yooz ]
/ noun mɪsˈyus; verb mɪsˈyuz /

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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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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