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What is another word for misuse?

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Noun
The wrong or improper use of something
“Exercise of public power has to be coupled with accountability to prevent it from leading to the misuse of power.”
Noun
The abuse or mistreatment of someone
“Only drastic curbs on foreigners would prevent the misuse and injury of the indigenous people.”
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The action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work
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Crudity, savagery, especially in speech
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The squandering of money, energy or resources
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The misappropriation of funds
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Improper or unethical conduct by a professional or official person
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The blundering use of an absurdly inappropriate word or expression in place of a similar-sounding one
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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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An act of tampering with something, typically nefariously
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To inflict emotional or physical harm or distress upon
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“She was the first one of his many masters that would not beat or misuse him.”
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To use (something) in the wrong way or for the wrong purpose
“In actuality, the problem is not the weapons themselves but the people who misuse them.”
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To use or expend carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose
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To exploit, abuse or take advantage of someone for personal gain or profit
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Use too much
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Not make use of
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To administer wrongly or badly
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To desecrate or decrease the value, character, or quality of
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