Verb abuse Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(transitive) To put to a wrong use; to misapply; to use improperly; to misuse; to use for a wrong purpose or end; to pervert (transitive) To injure; to maltreat; to hurt; to treat with cruelty, especially repeatedly. (transitive) To attack with coarse language; to insult; to revile; malign; to speak in an offensive manner to or about someone; to disparage. (transitive) To imbibe a drug for a purpose other than it was intended; to intentionally take more of a drug than was prescribed for recreational reasons; to take illegal drugs habitually. (transitive, archaic) To violate; defile; to rape. (transitive, obsolete) Misrepresent; adulterate. (transitive, obsolete) To deceive; to trick; to impose on; misuse the confidence of. (transitive, obsolete, Scotland) Disuse.

More definition: use wrongly or improperly; misuse, to abuse one's authority. treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way, to abuse a horse; to abuse one's eyesight. speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about; revile; malign. commit sexual assault upon.

5.Obsolete. to deceive or mislead.

6.wrong or improper use; misuse, the abuse of privileges.

7.harshly or coarsely insulting language, The officer heaped abuse on his men.

8.bad or improper treatment; maltreatment, The child was subjected to cruel abuse.

9.a corrupt or improper practice or custom, the abuses of a totalitarian regime.

10.rape or sexual assault. 1
1.Obsolete. deception.

2.abuse oneself, to masturbate.

1. to use incorrectly or improperly; misuse

2. to maltreat, esp physically or sexually

3. to speak insultingly or cruelly to; revile

4. (reflexive) to masturbate noun (əˈbjuːs)

5. improper, incorrect, or excessive use; misuse

6. maltreatment of a person; injury

7. insulting, contemptuous, or coarse speech

8. an evil, unjust, or corrupt practice

9. See child abuse

10. (archaic) a deception Derived Formsabuser, noun Word Originc14 (vb), via Old French from Latin abūsus, past participle of abūtī to misuse, from ab-1 + ūtī to useCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
early 15c., "to misuse, misapply," from Middle French abuser, from Vulgar Latin *abusare, from Latin abusus "an abusing, using up," past participle of abuti "use up," also "misuse," from ab- "away" (see ab-) + uti "use" (see use). Of sexual situations from early 15c., but originally incest, homosexuality, prostitution, etc.; meaning "to misuse sexually, ravish" is from 1550s. Specifically of drugs, from 196

8. Related, Abused; abusing.
mid-15c., "improper practice," from Old French abus (14c.), from Latin abusus (see abuse (v.)). Earlier in Middle English was abusion "wicked act or practice, shameful thing, violation of decency" (early 14c.), "an insult" (mid-14c.).


I don't want to abuse what's been given to me but I'm half sick with worry and I can't think straight.

Sometimes I feel I'm becoming an expert on domestic abuse and child molestation.

Her breathing was labored, her chest burning and muscles shaking from the demon's abuse of her body.

The scandals of the bowling alleys grew rampant in Elizabethan London, and Stephen Gosson in his School of Abuse (1579) says, "Common bowling alleys are privy moths that eat up the credit of many idle citizens; whose gains at home are not able to weigh down their losses abroad; whose shops are so far from maintaining their play, that their wives and children cry out for bread, and go to bed supperless often in the year."

If, however, they are not published, and are given to certain persons as individual favours, they become a prolific source of abuse, and are quite indefensible from the standpoint of political economy.

In controversy he was too fond of mingling personal abuse with legitimate argument, and this weakness mars his letters, which were held in high admiration in the early middle ages, and are valuable for their history of the man and his times.

As they could not reach me, they had resolved to punish my body; just as boys, if they cannot come at some person against whom they have a spite, will abuse his dog.

The village elder, a peasant delegate, and the village clerk, who were waiting in the passage, heard with fear and delight first the young count's voice roaring and snapping and rising louder and louder, and then words of abuse, dreadful words, ejaculated one after the other.

The noncommissioned officer frowned and, muttering words of abuse, advanced his horse's chest against Balashev, put his hand to his saber, and shouted rudely at the Russian general, asking: was he deaf that he did not do as he was told?

Merry senseless words of abuse flowed freely.

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