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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-defence 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 forcing
  • Child abuse: categories of child abuse: neglect, physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. In Western countries, preventing child abuse is considered
  • Physical abuse: Physical abuse is an act of another party involving contact intended to cause feelings of physical pain, injury, or other physical suffering or bodily
  • Child-on-child sexual abuse: Child-on-child sexual abuse is a form of child sexual abuse in which a prepubescent child is sexually abused by one or more other children or adolescent
  • Child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome: Child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome (CSAAS) is a syndrome developed by Roland C. Summit in 1983 to describe how he believed sexually abused children
  • Child sexual abuse: children, 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
  • 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

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'Abuse' example sentence in quotations


* 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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Abuse Sample Sentences in News


  • Abuse survivors welcome probe move
    Dozens of child abuse survivors have welcomed Theresa May's indication that a panel conducting a troubled inquiry into historical abuse could be disbanded in order for a new and more powerful body to take over. Read more on this news related to 'Abuse'
  • May 'could disband child abuse panel'
    The independent panel set up to support the planned public inquiry into historical child abuse could be disbanded, the BBC understands. Read more on this news related to 'Abuse'
  • Abuse law to tackle domestic coercion
    A new domestic abuse offence for coercive and controlling behaviour within relationships in England and Wales is announced by the home secretary. Read more on this news related to 'Abuse'

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