Meaning of ABUSE in English
Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.
Abuse of someone is cruel and violent treatment of them.
...investigation of alleged child ~.
...victims of sexual and physical ~.
...controversy over human rights ~s.
N-UNCOUNT: also N in pl, usu with supp
Abuse is extremely rude and insulting things that people say when they are angry.
I was left shouting ~ as the car sped off...
Abuse of something is the use of it in a wrong way or for a bad purpose.
What went on here was an ~ of power.
...drug and alcohol ~.
N-VAR: with supp
If someone is ~d, they are treated cruelly and violently.
Janet had been ~d by her father since she was eleven.
...parents who feel they cannot cope or might ~ their children.
...those who work with ~d children.
VERB: be V-ed, V n, V-ed
...a convicted child ~r.
You can say that someone is ~d if extremely rude and insulting things are said to them.
He alleged that he was verbally ~d by other soldiers.
VERB: be V-ed, also V n
If you ~ something, you use it in a wrong way or for a bad purpose.
He showed how the rich and powerful can ~ their position.
VERB: V n
...the treatment of alcohol and drug ~rs.
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