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Abuse Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • cruel or inhumane treatment
  • improper or excessive use
  • a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse"; "they yelled insults at the visiting team"
  • change the inherent purpose or function of something; "Don''t abuse the system"; "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers"
  • use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"
  • treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"

Definitions from Wiktionary

  • cruel or inhumane treatment ,
  • a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse"; "they yelled insults at the visiting team" ,
  • improper or excessive use

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Abuse'

  • Abuse: Wikipedia:Long-term abuse and Wikipedia:Abuse. Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of an entity, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come
  • Prisoner abuse: Prisoner abuse is the mistreatment of persons while they are under arrest or incarcerated, therefore deprived of the right of self-defense against acting
  • Sexual abuse: For the journal titled Sexual Abuse, see Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. Sexual abuse, also referred to as molestation, is usually undesired
  • Abuse of authority: See also: Oppression and Political corruption Abuse of authority, in the form of political corruption, is the use of legislated or otherwise authorized
  • Substance abuse: "Drug abuse" redirects here. For the Dice album, see Drug Abuse (album). Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is a patterned use of a drug in which
  • Elder abuse: Elder abuse (also called "elder mistreatment," "senior abuse," "abuse in later life," "abuse of older adults," "abuse of older women," and "abuse of older
  • Child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome: Child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome (CSAAS) is a syndrome proposed by Roland C. Summit in 1983 to describe how he believed sexually abused children
  • Child sexual abuse: by minors, see Juvenile sex crimes. Child sexual abuse or child molestation is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child
  • Internet abuse: Internet abuse refers to improper use of the internet and may include: Computer crime, use of computers in criminal activity. Cyber-bullying, use of the
  • Verbal abuse: For other uses, see Verbal abuse (disambiguation). Verbal abuse (also known as reviling or " verbal bullying") is described as a negative defining statement

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* Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession. Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process. - Aldous Huxley

* Use, do not abuse neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy. - Voltaire

* The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power. - Mary Bertone

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