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Definition 1: improper or excessive use - [noun denoting act]

Samples where abuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • alcohol abuse
  • the abuse of public funds

Synonyms for abuse in the sense of this definition

(abuse is a kind of ...) the act of using

"he warned against the use of narcotic drugs" "skilled in the utilization of computers"

(... is a kind of abuse ) excessive use of drugs

Definition 2: cruel or inhumane treatment - [noun denoting act]

Samples where abuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the child showed signs of physical abuse

Synonyms for abuse in the sense of this definition

(abuse is a kind of ...) the practice of treating (someone or something) badly

"he should be punished for his mistreatment of his mother"

(... is a kind of abuse ) the physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children

(... is a kind of abuse ) failure of caretakers to provide adequate emotional and physical care for a child

(... is a kind of abuse ) the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)

(... is a kind of abuse ) a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering

Definition 3: a rude expression intended to offend or hurt - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where abuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse
  • they yelled insults at the visiting team

Synonyms for abuse in the sense of this definition

(abuse is a kind of ...) an expression of lack of respect

(... is a kind of abuse ) unscrupulous abuse

(... is a kind of abuse ) foul-mouthed or obscene abuse

(... is a kind of abuse ) a remark capable of wounding mentally

"the unkindest cut of all"

(... is a kind of abuse ) abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will

Definition 4: change the inherent purpose or function of something - [verb of change]

Samples where abuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Don't abuse the system
  • The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers

Synonyms for abuse in the sense of this definition

(abuse is a kind of ...) use up, consume fully

"The legislature expended its time on school questions"

(... is a kind of abuse ) violate or abuse

"This writer really fractures the language"

(... is a kind of abuse ) use a name, such as God, without proper respect

Definition 5: use wrongly or improperly or excessively - [verb of change]

Samples where abuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her husband often abuses alcohol
  • while she was pregnant, she abused drugs

(abuse is a kind of ...) use up, consume fully

"The legislature expended its time on school questions"

Definition 6: use foul or abusive language towards - [verb of communication]

Samples where abuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket
  • The angry mother shouted at the teacher

Synonyms for abuse in the sense of this definition

(abuse is a kind of ...) attack in speech or writing

"The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"

(... is a kind of abuse ) abuse with coarse language

(... is a kind of abuse ) spread negative information about

"The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"

(... is a kind of abuse ) heap obscenities upon

"The taxi driver who felt he didn't get a high enough tip cursed the passenger"

Samples where abuse or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This boss abuses his workers
  • She is always stepping on others to get ahead

Synonyms for abuse in the sense of this definition

(abuse is a kind of ...) interact in a certain way

"Do right by her" "Treat him with caution, please" "Handle the press reporters gently"

(... is a kind of abuse ) treat badly; abuse

"They won't have me to kick around any more!"

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