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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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15, kicking off the celebrations by holding the centre's annual Solvent Abuse Awareness For Everyone (SAAFE) walk.
all the way to Ottawa to bring a message to Indian and Northern Affairs (INAC) Minister Robert Nault that the solvent abuse problem on-reserve needs to be addressed, and soon.
A year later, all but five of the 18 teenagers treated at Poundmaker's had returned to solvent abuse.
Recording that Mr Fitzpatrick died from solvent abuse, Mr Hinchliffe said: "This is one of the most dangerous abusive substances that young people can become involved with.
It's estimated the money will provide treatment for an additional 3,000 people a year, while also enhancing addiction treatment services through the country's National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program and Youth Solvent Abuse Program.
Our society is blighted by such other "drugs" as alcohol, solvent abuse and tobacco that kill as many people as does drugs.
Solvent abuse is possible with a range of organic solvents (which means it isn't water), some being worse than others.
Young people will also benefit from a near-pounds 10,000 grant to Solve It Merseyside, which will pay for an education programme about the dangers of solvent abuse.
A FATHER who lost his teenage son to solvent abuse has slammed fuel companies for failing to add a chemical that could save lives.
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Regina Solvent Abuse Action Committee, Regina: Regina Community Strategy Responding to Chronic Solvent Abuse.
Owners of shops must act more responsibly and make sure their staff receive training in recognising items that can lead to solvent abuse and other dangerous activities.