Meaning of ABUSE in English

ABUSE

I.

noun

1 wrong/bad use of sth

ADJECTIVE

▪ alcohol , drug , solvent , substance (= drugs, etc.)

▪ systematic , widespread

▪ flagrant

VERB + ABUSE

▪ prevent , stop

▪ investigate , report

▪ be open to

The legal system is open to ~.

PREPOSITION

▪ ~ of

~ of prisoners

PHRASES

▪ the ~ of power

2 bad, usually violent treatment of sb

ADJECTIVE

▪ emotional , physical , psychological , sex , sexual

▪ child , elder ( esp. AmE ), prisoner , spousal ( esp. AmE )

victims of child ~

▪ human rights ~s

allegations of human rights ~s

▪ alleged , suspected

… OF ABUSE

▪ case

six cases of suspected child ~

VERB + ABUSE

▪ commit

▪ subject sb to

She was subjected to regular sexual ~.

▪ experience , suffer , take

The child had taken a lot of emotional ~.

▪ allege , suspect sb of

ABUSE + VERB

▪ happen , occur , take place

ABUSE + NOUN

▪ victim

PHRASES

▪ an allegation of ~

allegations of child ~

▪ a perpetrator of ~

▪ a victim of ~

3 insulting words

ADJECTIVE

▪ verbal

▪ personal , racial ( esp. BrE ), racist

… OF ABUSE

▪ stream , torrent

He was subjected to a torrent of personal ~.

VERB + ABUSE

▪ hurl , scream , shout , shower sb with , subject sb to

▪ endure

They had to endure continual racist ~.

PHRASES

▪ heap ~ on sb/sth

Abuse and scorn were heaped on the proposals.

▪ a target for ~ , a target of ~

The team who lost became a target of ~ for angry fans.

▪ a term of ~

Calling someone stupid is definitely a term of ~.

II.

verb

ADVERB

▪ emotionally , mentally , physically , sexually , verbally

All the children had been physically and emotionally ~d.

▪ badly , severely

Abuse is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ alcohol , ↑ authority , ↑ child , ↑ cocaine , ↑ hospitality , ↑ power , ↑ privilege , ↑ substance , ↑ trust , ↑ woman

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