ill-use; improper treatment or employment; application to an incorrect purpose; incorrect usage or application: since, an abuse of your normal capabilities; an abuse of civil rights, or of spiritual benefits; misuse of benefits; abuse of words.
ill-treatment of someone; damage; insult; dishonor; specially, ill treatment in words; contumelious language.
A corrupt training or customized; an offense; a crime; a fault: because, the abuses of government.
Abuse, Invective, maltreatment, outrage; vituperation, contumely, scolding, reviling, aspersion, slander, obloquy. (See invective.) “ Abuse as compared with invective is more personal and coarse, being conveyed in harsh and unseemly terms, and dictated by angry feeling and bitter temper. Invective is more commonly aimed at character or conduct, and may be conveyed in writing and in refined language, and dictated by indignation against what is in itself blameworthy. It often, however, means public abuse under such restraints as are imposed by position and education.”
to make use of sick; misuse; placed to a wrong or bad use; divert through the correct usage; misapply: as, to abuse rights or benefits; to abuse words.
To do wrong to; work injuriously toward; injure; disgrace; dishonor.
To violate; ravish; defile. To strike with contumelious language; revile. To deceive; impose on; mislead.
Synonyms To Abuse, Misuse, misapply, misemploy, pervert, profane. Misuse and abuse are closely synonymous terms, but abuse conveys much more especially the notion of utilizing inappropriately, misuse compared to treating injuriously. Generally speaking, punishment is the stronger term.
To maltreat, ill-use, injure. To revile, reproach, vilify, rate, berate, vituperate, railway at.