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What is another word for abuses?

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To treat with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly
“Jockeys get suspended if they abuse their horses over here.”
To treat in a manner that violates someone's decency
“He was caught on camera trying to abuse her in broad daylight!”
To verbally criticize harshly, especially with insulting language
“Gordon was a man with a bad temper who would regularly abuse his staff.”
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.”
(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.”
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.”
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.”
Plural for cruel, violent or indecent treatment
“She finally found the courage to speak out about the abuse she had endured.”
Plural for insulting and offensive language
“In a spiel laced with abuse, the opposition spokesperson demanded the minister's resignation.”
Plural for unjust or corrupt practice
“He was a renowned investigative reporter, specializing in the reporting of abuse by corrupt governments.”
Plural for the improper use of something
“This farcical thesis is a totally unacceptable abuse of science.”
Plural for emotional or psychological abuse
“Brainwashed followers were subjected to years of abuse from being indoctrinated in the cult's bizarre ideology.”
Plural for overuse of a device or machine
“The printer has finally crashed after continual abuse by staff.”
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