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Verb
To treat with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly
“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
“Gordon was a man with a bad temper who would regularly abuse his staff.”
Verb
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.”
Verb
(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.”
Verb
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.”
Verb
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.”
Noun
Plural for cruel, violent or indecent treatment of a person or animal
“She finally found the courage to speak out about the abuse she had endured.”
Noun
Plural for insulting and offensive language
“In a spiel laced with abuse, the opposition spokesperson demanded the minister's resignation.”
Noun
Plural for unjust or corrupt practice
“He was a renowned investigative reporter, specializing in the reporting of abuse by corrupt governments.”
Noun
Plural for the improper use of something
“This farcical thesis is a totally unacceptable abuse of science.”
Noun
Plural for emotional or psychological abuse
“Brainwashed followers were subjected to years of abuse from being indoctrinated in the cult's bizarre ideology.”
Noun
Plural for overuse of a device or machine
“The printer has finally crashed after continual abuse by staff.”
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