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Abuse

Everything that is contrary to good order established by usage. Departure from reasonable use; immoderate or improper use. Physical or mental maltreatment. Misuse. Deception.

To wrong in speech, reproach coarsely, disparage, revile, and malign.

abuse

(Corrupt practice), noun baseness, breach of trust, deviation from rectitude, dishonesty, distortion, errooeous use, excessive use, exploitation, fraudulency, ill usage, ill use, improper usage, improper use, jobbery, malfeasance, malversation, misapplication, misappropriation, misemployment, mishandling, mismanagement, misstatement, misusage, misuse, perversion, usus perversus, violation, want of principle, wrong use
Associated concepts: abuse of a mandate, abuse of a proceeddng, abuse of authority, abuse of discretion, abuse of executive authority, abuse of legal process, abuse of power, neglect
Foreign phrases: Ab abusu ad usum non valet consequennia.A conclusion as to the use of a thing from its abuse is invalid. Confirmat usum qui tollit abusum. He confirms a use who removes an abuse. Omnium rerum quarum usus est, potest esse abusus, virtute sola excepta. There may be an abuse of everything of which there is a use, virtue alone excepted.

abuse

(Physical misuse), noun atrocity, bad treatment, damage, debasement, defilement, dishonor, dishonoring, hurt, ill treatment, ill usage, ill use, impairment, indecent assault, injury, maltreatment, mishandling, mistreatment, misusage, molestation, outrage, persecution, victimization, violation
Associated concepts: abuse of a child

abuse

(Misuse), verb abuti, ill-use, injure, make excessive use of, make improper use of, maltreat, manhandle, misapply, misappropriate, misemploy, mishandle, mistreat, pervert, use improperly, use wrongly
Associated concepts: abuse of a minor

abuse

(Victimize), verb injure, maltreat, manhandle, mistreat, molest, oppress

abuse

(Violate), verb debauch, defile, degrade, harm, ill-use, persecute, pollute, profane, wrong
See also: aspersion, atrocity, attack, badger, beat, contumely, criticism, damage, debauch, defamation, diatribe, dissipate, endanger, exploit, harm, imprecation, infliction, injury, injustice, insult, malign, maltreat, misapplication, misappropriation, mishandle, mismanage, mistreat, misusage, misuse, molest, molestation, obloquy, offend, oppression, persecute, perversion, pervert, provocation, rape, reproach, revilement, shame, strike, transgression, vilification, violation, wrong

ABUSE. Every thing which is contrary to good order established by usage. Merl. Rep. h.t. Among the civilians, abuse has another signification; which is the destruction of the substance of a thing in using it. For example, the borrower of wine or grain, abuses the article lent by using it, because he cannot enjoy it without consuming it. Leg ; El. Dr. Rom. Sec. 414. 416.

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Ratzinger said that he had heard of physical abuse committed by the late Johann Meier, but "did not have the feeling at the time that I should do something about it," Religion News reported.
Five other prisoners, Nael Eid, 24, Awni Shousheh, 27, Ahmad Qazzaz, 18, Abdullah Ekhlail, 26, and Jihad Thawabteh, 19, also reported to have faced similar forms of maltreatment and physical abuse.
The justice and interior ministers' statements are encouraging and their actions should be monitored so that no prisoner, whatever his background or affiliation, suffers such physical abuse.
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The expert noted that today there is no a prohibition on physical abuse of children in the legislative level in Kyrgyzstan.
The matter came to light after Umaiba and her daughter approached local people and the police with the shocking tales of their sexual and physical abuse by Amir, who has three children through the step daughter.