Meaning of ABUSE in English


n. Function: verb


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

Antonyms: praise

2 to put to a bad or improper use FF1C; abuse the prerogatives of office FF1E;

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

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

Idioms: make ill use of

Contrasted Words: esteem, honor, respect


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

4 to treat without compassion and usually in a hurtful manner FF1C; parents who abuse children FF1E;

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

Related Words: 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

Merriam Webster. Collegiate thesaurus English dictionary.      Английский энциклопедический толковый словарь тезауруса.