misuse

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misuse

noun abuse, degradation, erroneous use, ill treatment, ill usage, ill use, improper usage, improper use, incorrect usage, incorrect use, maladministration, maltreatment, misapplication, misappropriation, mishandling, mismanagement, mistreatment, misusage, perversion, solecism, usus, violation, wrong use
Associated concepts: misuse of a product, misuse of an easement, misuse of funds, misuse of powers, misuse of property, patent misuse
Foreign phrases: Expedit reipublicae ne sua re quis male utatur.It is for the interest of the state that no one should make ill use of his property.
See also: abuse, annoy, conversion, convert, corrupt, dissipate, embezzle, endanger, exploit, exploitation, harass, harm, harrow, maltreat, manipulate, misapplication, misappropriate, misappropriation, misemploy, mishandle, mismanage, mistreat, misusage, molest, persecute, perversion, pervert, purloin, taint, violation, waste
References in classic literature ?
It is so sad when people who have abilities misuse them, and I must say they nearly always do.
Not even the shadow of a doubt was ever suggested; and Samuel made an intolerable misuse of the first person plural:
Was this a people to stand in his way, to claim the protection and sympathy of foreign governments against their own bond, that they might keep their land for misuse and their bodies for debauchery?
And now to the explanation of my use, or misuse, of the phrase.
They philosophized, if you will pardon my misuse of the word, about the heart as the seat of the emotions, while the scientists were formulating the circulation of the blood.
There is something--a something, Monsieur Frederic Larsan, much graver than the misuse of logic the disposition of mind in some detectives which makes them, in perfect good faith, twist logic to the necessities of their preconceived ideas.
The conversation passed to the misuse of political power in the United States, but Anna quickly brought it round to another topic, so as to draw the steward into talk.
It was not his strength itself, but the quality of it and the misuse of it, that affronted her.