Meaning of ABUSE in English


I. verb


Synonyms: decry 2, belittle, depreciate, derogate, detract (from), discount, disparage, dispraise, minimize, write off

Antonyms: praise


to put to a bad or improper use

abuse the prerogatives of office

Synonyms: misapply, misemploy, mishandle, misimprove, misuse, pervert, prostitute

Related Word: mar, spoil; corrupt, debase, desecrate, profane

Idioms: make ill use of

Contrasted words: esteem, honor, respect


Synonyms: exploit 2, impose (on or upon), use


to treat without compassion and usually in a hurtful manner

parents who abuse children

Synonyms: ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, mistreat, misuse, outrage

Related Word: damage, harm, hurt, impair, injure; oppress, persecute, wrong; manhandle, mess (up)

Idioms: do one dirt, do violence to

Contrasted words: cherish, prize, treasure; esteem, revere, reverence, venerate

Antonyms: honor, respect

II. noun

vehemently and usually coarsely expressed condemnation or disapproval

had an unequaled vocabulary of abuse

Synonyms: billingsgate, contumely, invective, obloquy, scurrility, vituperation

Related Word: calumny, defamation, malignment, mud, vilification; cursing, profanity, swearing; berating, railing, rating, reviling

Contrasted words: acclaim, laudation, praise; applause, commendation, compliment

Antonyms: adulation

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