Abuse Definition

ə-byo͝oz
abused, abuses, abusing
verb
abused, abuses, abusing
To use wrongly; misuse.
To abuse a privilege.
Webster's New World
To hurt by treating badly; mistreat.
Webster's New World
To inflict physical, sexual, or psychological harm upon.
Webster's New World
To use insulting, coarse, or bad language about or to; revile.
Webster's New World
To deceive or trick.
American Heritage
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noun
abuses
Wrong, bad, or excessive use.
Webster's New World
Rough treatment or use.
Shoes that have taken a lot of abuse.
American Heritage Medicine
Mistreatment, esp. by the infliction of physical, sexual, or psychological harm; injury.
Webster's New World
Sexual abuse.
American Heritage Medicine
A bad, unjust, or corrupt custom or practice.
Webster's New World
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The abuse of an elderly person by his or her child or caregiver, that may include battery, verbal abuse, isolation, and the denial or deprivation of food.
Webster's New World Law
A parent or caregiver’s intentional or neglectful act or failure to act that results in a child’s abuse, exploitation, or death.
Webster's New World Law
An act or failure to act that results in a possibility of immediate and serious harm to a child. See also battered person syndrome and child neglect.
Webster's New World Law

. The abuse inflicted on a person by his or her spouse. See also battered person syndrome and cruelty.

Webster's New World Law
idiom
abuse oneself
  • To masturbate.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Abuse

Noun

Singular:
abuse
Plural:
abuses

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Abuse

  • abuse oneself

Origin of Abuse

  • From Middle English abusen, then from either Old French abus (“improper use”), or from Latin abūsus (“misused, using up”), perfect active participle of abūtor (“make improper use of, consume, abuse”), from ab (“away”) + ūtor (“to use”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English abusen from Old French abuser from abus improper use from Latin abūsus past participle of abūtī to misuse ab- away ab–1 ūtī to use

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English abusen, from Middle French abuser, from Latin abūsus, perfect active participle of abūtor, from ab (“from, away from”) + ūtor (“to use”).

    From Wiktionary

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