1. [noun] cruel or inhumane treatment
    Synonyms: maltreatment, ill-treatment, ill-usage

  2. [noun] a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse"; "they yelled insults at the visiting team"
    Synonyms: insult, revilement, contumely, vilification

  3. [noun] improper or excessive use
    Synonyms: misuse

  4. [verb] treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
    Synonyms: mistreat, maltreat, ill-use, step, ill-treat

  5. [verb] change the inherent purpose or function of something; "Don't abuse the system"; "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers"
    Synonyms: pervert, misuse

  6. [verb] use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"
    Synonyms: clapperclaw, blackguard, shout


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