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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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More than a quarter stated that they had already left a job because of a boss's conduct towards them and one in five that they had been mistreated by a manager in the past.
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Army private Lynndie England, shown in photographs smiling and pointing at naked Iraqi prisoners, has been charged by the military with assaulting the detainees and conspiring to mistreat them.
In our country when you mistreat a foreigner, you (the one mistreating the foreigner) go to jail and they take you to court.
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