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Noun
The wrong or improper use of something
“Exercise of public power has to be coupled with accountability; otherwise, it would lead to misuse of power.”
Noun
The wrong or improper use of something
“The misuse of drugs.”
Noun
The wrong or improper use of something
“Only drastic curbs on foreigners would prevent the misuse and injury of the indigenous people.”
Noun
The action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work
Noun
Crudity, savagery, especially in speech
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Tampering with
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Excessive use
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The fraudulent conversion of property from a property owner
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The improper treatment of a patient by a physician that results in injury or loss
Noun
The squandering of money, energy, or resources
Noun
The presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance which has harmful or poisonous effects
Verb
To inflict physical or emotional harm upon
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“She was the first one of his many masters that had not beaten or misused him.”
Verb
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 up carelessly
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To take unfair advantage of
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To lower in character, dignity, or quality
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To overuse
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Penalize for wrongdoing
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To steal or misappropriate money that one has been trusted with, especially to steal money from the organisation for which one works
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Not make use of
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To manage badly
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