Abuse of Power

Abuse of Power

Improper use of authority by someone who has that authority because he or she holds a public office.

Abuse of power is different from usurpation of power, which is an exercise of authority that the offender does not actually have.

References in classic literature ?
As great men are urged on to the abuse of power (when they need urging, which is not often), by their flatterers and dependents, so old John was impelled to these exercises of authority by the applause and admiration of his Maypole cronies, who, in the intervals of their nightly pipes and pots, would shake their heads and say that Mr Willet was a father of the good old English sort; that there were no new-fangled notions or modern ways in him; that he put them in mind of what their fathers were when they were boys; that there was no mistake about him; that it would be well for the country if there were more like him, and more was the pity that there were not; with many other original remarks of that nature.
You are accused of treason, of abuse of power, and murder.
Summary: Mount Lebanon's First Investigative Judge Nicolas Mansour Tuesday issued indictments against high-ranking security personnel on charges of bribery, abuse of power and fraud, a judicial source told The Daily Star.
The four counts of alleged abuse of power under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009's Section 23 are in relation to a total of RM2,282,937,678.41 (more than RM2.28 billion) that Najib was alleged to have benefited from personally by using his position.
Corbyn: Forcing through No Deal in the middle of a general election campaign would be an unprecedented, unconstitutional and anti-democratic abuse of power by Boris Johnson
MOSCOW, Aug 8 (KUNA) -- Kyrgyzstan's security forces have arrested former President Almazbek Atambayev in a crackdown on his house in the village of Koi-Tash on charges of corruption and abuse of power. Atambayev was immediately taken to the Interior Ministry's Central Investigation Department, security sources were quoted by Russian news agency, Tass, as saying.
A FREE media protects society from the abuse of power and helps to release a country's full potential, said Jeremy Hunt.
A FREE media protects society from the "abuse of power" and helps to release a country's "full potential", Jeremy Hunt is set to argue.
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I agree that an abuse of power is taking place, but it is not by the president.
Beijing, May 10 (Petra)-- Chinese prosecutors filed formal charges on Friday against former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, accusing him of abuse of power and taking bribes, in the next legal step before he faces a court.
Summary: New Delhi (India) Mar 26 (ANI): Phone calls of former CBI officer Rakesh Asthana and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval were not intercepted at any point of time, the CBI told the Delhi High Court in its response to a plea that sought direction to constitute a SIT to look into the abuse of power by some officials of the investigating agency by illegally tapping calls.