1 misuse, misemploy, pervert, misapply, exploit:
The officer abused his authority in ordering the forced march at midnight.
2 maltreat, ill-use, injure, wrong, hurt, mistreat, manhandle, ill-treat; damage:
I cannot stand by and watch that drunk abuse his wife and family.
3 malign, revile, censure, upbraid, assail, objurgate, lambaste, berate, rebuke, scold, reproach, disparage, traduce, defame, insult, swear at, curse (at), calumniate, slander, libel, decry, deprecate, vilify, rail against:
In the report the director was abused in the most virulent terms.
4 misuse, misusage, misemployment, perversion, misapplication, misappropriation, Rhetoric catachresis:
Beware of imitating his abuse of the language.
5 addiction, dependence:
They are being treated for drug abuse at the local clinic.
6 maltreatment, ill-treatment, ill use, fault:
It seemed perfectly natural that he should defend abuses by which he profited.
7 self-abuse, self-pollution, masturbation, violation, defilement; corruption:
The schoolmasters consistently lectured the boys against any abuse of themselves.
8 revilement, reviling, execration, vituperation, malediction, imprecation, tongue-lashing, calumny, calumniation, vilification, obloquy, scurrility, invective, maligning, upbraiding, berating, objurgation, scolding; billingsgate:
The two parties, after exchanging a good deal of abuse, came to blows.
1 wrong/bad use of sth
alcohol, drug, solvent, substance
(= drugs or solvents)
VERB + ABUSE
be open to
The legal system is open to abuse.
the abuse of power
2 bad, usually violent treatment of sb
emotional, physical, sex/sexual | child, elder
victims of child abuse
| human rights ~s
allegations of human rights abuses
| alleged, suspected
six cases of suspected child abuse
VERB + ABUSE
carry out, subject sb to
She was subjected to regular sexual abuse.
| suffer, take
The child had taken a lot of emotional abuse.
| suspect sb of
ABUSE + VERB
happen, occur, take place
an allegation of abuse, a perpetrator of abuse, a victim of abuse
3 insulting words
verbal | personal, racial
He was subjected to a torrent of abuse.
VERB + ABUSE
hurl, scream, shout, shower sb with, subject sb to, yell | endure
They had to endure continual racial abuse.
heap abuse on sb/sth
Abuse and scorn were heaped on the proposals.
| a target for/of abuse
The team who lost became a target of abuse for angry fans.
| a term of abuse
Calling someone stupid is definitely a term of abuse. verb
emotionally, mentally, physically, sexually, verbally
All the children had been physically and emotionally abused.
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