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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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Aside from the abusers, the lawsuit also claims said abuse could have been prevented if not for the inaction and negligence of the Boy Scouts.
The number of newly reported drug abusers increased by 6 per cent (from 1,239 to 1,308) compared with the same period last year.
The abusers were age matched to 10,395,060 non-marijuana abuser controls.
Convicted abusers are required to pay a $50 registration fine and all who are 18 or older must supply a recent photo and any aliases they go by for the registry.
Abusers commonly monitor who their victims speak with, where they go, and what they do.
The 5-year cumulative incidence of MI in this skewed-young patient population was significantly higher than in the marijuana abuser group: 1.28%, compared with 0.89%, for a 44% increase in relative risk.
This survivor lost her job after her abuser sabotaged her professional image by harassing her at work and emotionally causing her to doubt her abilities.
Alcohol and cocaine abusers reported that their drug of choice induced aggravation of schizophrenic symptoms, but they still continued to take drugs.
The jury heard how an unnamed detective in CID was being paid to protect child abuser Basharat Hussain.
THE Crown Office are set to review the sentence handed down to a serial domestic abuser who battered five women over a decade.
Since many live with their abusers, making a complaint only worsens matters as per them, due to fear of retaliation," said Mathew Cherian, CEO, HelpAge India.
State legislator John Ceretto (R) of Lewiston is co-sponsoring something called the Animal Abuser Registration Act (A.2905) in the New York State Assembly.