Meaning of ABUSE in English


v. & n. 1 use to bad effect or for a bad purpose; misuse (abused his position of power). 2 insult verbally. 3 maltreat.

n. 1 a incorrect or improper use (the abuse of power). b an instance of this. 2 insulting language (a torrent of abuse). 3 unjust or corrupt practice. 4 maltreatment of a person (child abuse). abuser n.

[ ME f. OF abus (n.), abuser (v.) f. L abusus, abuti (as AB-, uti us- USE) ]

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