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Noun
Unjust or corrupt practice
“He was Russia's most renowned investigative reporter, specializing in abuse and corruption by a system that could produce little else.”
Noun
Cruel and violent treatment of a person or animal
“Those of us who have spent many years in animal welfare work have often come to see the worst of animal cruelty, abuse and neglect.”
Noun
Insulting and offensive language
“We tend to forget pop itself was once a term of abuse and these worthies were as close to the cutting edge as it was possible to get.”
Noun
The improper use of something
“That is totally unacceptable and an abuse of science.”
Noun
Emotional abuse
Verb
Treat with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly
“Riders who abuse their horses should be prosecuted.”
Verb
To put to a bad or improper use
“Give people a little bit of power and they will abuse it.”
Verb
To criticize harshly and usually publicly
“I do all the housework; I practically serve you while you lie around and insult and abuse me.”
Verb
To take unfair advantage of
“… abused his parents' trust, pilfering small amounts from them that he hoped they wouldn't notice.”
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