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Cruel, violent or indecent treatment of a person or animal
“She finally found the courage to speak out about the abuse she had endured.”
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Insulting and offensive language
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“In a spiel laced with abuse, the opposition spokesperson demanded the minister's resignation.”
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Unjust or corrupt practice
“He was a renowned investigative reporter, specializing in the reporting of abuse by corrupt governments.”
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The improper use of something
“This farcical thesis is a totally unacceptable abuse of science.”
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Emotional or psychological abuse
“Brainwashed followers were subjected to years of abuse from being indoctrinated in the cult's bizarre ideology.”
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Overuse of a device or machine
“The printer has finally crashed after continual abuse by staff.”
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An unjust act, treatment or occurrence
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An aggressive and violent physical act against a person or object
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Rude and disrespectful behaviour
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A profane or offensive expression used to express anger or other strong emotions
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The action or practice of inflicting severe pain on someone as a punishment or in order to force them to do or say something
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The improper treatment of a patient by a physician that results in injury or loss
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Prolonged cruel or unjust treatment, especially through the exercise of authority
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Physical damage caused to something
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The act of forcing a person to engage in unwanted lascivious activity, especially intercourse
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The action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work
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The wanton destruction or spoiling of a place
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An act of breaking or failing to observe a law, agreement, or code of conduct
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Cruel behaviour or attitudes
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The condition of being reliant or dependent on someone or something
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The presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance which has harmful or poisonous effects
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A grammatical mistake in speech or writing
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To treat with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly
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“Jockeys get suspended if they abuse their horses over here.”
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To treat in a manner that violates someone's decency
“He was caught on camera trying to abuse her in broad daylight!”
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To verbally criticize harshly, especially with insulting language
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“Gordon was a man with a bad temper who would regularly abuse his staff.”
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To apply improperly or incorrectly in an almost obscene way
“Those who are of corrupt character are likely to abuse any power afforded to them.”
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(of a quantity of something) To apply improperly or incorrectly in an almost obscene way
“He would abuse the funds allocated to him by spending it on costly, yet frivolous, items.”
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To exploit someone for one's own benefit, especially in an underhanded way
“It is advised that you do not abuse your customers' trust by sending them unsolicited promotional material.”
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To misuse a device or machine by pushing it to, or over, its limits
“Do not abuse the washing machine by overloading it past its capacity.”
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To put down or control by cruelty or force
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Make rude and mocking remarks, typically in a loud voice
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Strike repeatedly with hard blows
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To speak of, or address, with impious irreverence
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Penalize for wrongdoing
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Play games with
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To overuse
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To decrease the value, character, or quality of
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Elude, escape
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To treat roughly or without care, respect, moderation, or control
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To consume, especially an illicit substance
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To cheat or swindle, especially by overcharging
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To state one's intention to take hostile action against (someone) in retribution for something done or not done
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Make or seek to make an excessive or unfair profit, especially illegally
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To say something quickly and irritably
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