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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: For other uses, see Abuse (disambiguation). "Mistreat" redirects here. For other uses, see Mistreat (disambiguation). For abuse within the Wikipedia
  • Child abuse: redirects here. For the journal, see Child Maltreatment (journal). Child abuse or child maltreatment is physical, sexual, or psychological mistreatment
  • Psychological abuse: Psychological abuse (also referred to as psychological violence, emotional abuse, or mental abuse) is a form of abuse, characterized by a person subjecting
  • 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
  • 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
  • Substance abuse: disorder This article is about Drug abuse. For the Dice album, see Drug Abuse (album). Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is a patterned use of a drug
  • Legal abuse: Legal abuse refers to abuses associated with both civil and criminal legal action. Abuse can originate from nearly any part of the legal system, including
  • 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: 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
  • Satanic ritual abuse: panic. For abuse administered under the guise of religion, see Religious abuse. Satanic ritual abuse (SRA, sometimes known as ritual abuse, ritualistic

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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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