Abuse

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Definition

abuse: the maltreatment, the damage, the harm, the insults, the misuse
noun
animal abuse badly treating animals
alcohol abuse excessive use of alcohol

to abuse: to ill-treat, to harm, to insult, to damage, to molest, to attack
verb
When I saw that they were abusing a cat, I had to intervene to help the poor thing.

Examples

  • "The company, at the center of hundreds of scandals in the last 10 years, ranging from illegal bear hunts to monkey abuse to laboratory explosions, just can't seem to get their act together."
  • "I refuse to excuse this abuse!"
  • "Delavigne doesn't pay me enough to deal with this kind of abuse."
  • "In the Sports section, stories of steroid abuse."
  • "I telephoned to cancel the vacation, and all I received was abuse!"
  • "You've only been alive for a matter of months, but I've already had reports of public indecency, aggressive lullaby singing, diaper throwing, tummy aches, temper tantrums, loud crying and some very serious accusations of milk abuse."
  • "Brian : No, I've been a victim of racist abuse!"
  • "I've got the barbershop blues, I was abused"
  • "Have you been abusing your powers as a ruthless dictator, tyrannical tyrant or cruel despot?"
  • "Susie : In 1999, it was revealed that the company was guilty of labor abuses in Indonesia, Vietnam, and China."

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