phonetic symbol: / əbjús | əbjúz / 

abuse - English Dictionary

[ noun ]
■ cruel or inhumane treatment
・the child showed signs of physical abuse
ill-treatment , ill-usage , maltreatment

[ noun ]
■ improper or excessive use
・alcohol abuse
・the abuse of public funds

[ noun ]
■ a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
・when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse
contumely , insult , revilement , vilification

[ verb ]
■ change the inherent purpose or function of something
・Don't abuse the system
misuse , pervert

[ verb ]
■ use wrongly or improperly or excessively
・Her husband often abuses alcohol
・while she was pregnant, she abused drugs

[ verb ]
■ use foul or abusive language towards
・The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket
blackguard , clapperclaw , shout

[ verb ]
■ treat badly
・This boss abuses his workers
ill-treat , ill-use , maltreat , mistreat , step

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