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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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For more information about the Ka-Na-Chi-Hih Specialized Solvent Abuse Treatment Centre.
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Sgt Darren Brown, of Dewsbury Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "While Kirklees is no better or worse than any other local area for solvent abuse, we want to alert people - particularly parents of teenagers - to the fact this does happen and what signs to look for.
The consequences of drug and solvent abuse inspired a hard-hitting video by Teesside youngsters.
The overall number of VSA deaths in 2001 was 63, which means that solvent abuse is responsible for more deaths than the illegal drug Ecstasy2, which highlights the importance of the line.
Solvent abuse is still the most prevalent form of drug abuse among teens in the west of the city.
Solvent Abuse and Aerosols Advice to Retailers has recently been updated by the British Aerosol Manufacturers' Association (BAMA).
The solvent abuse and addictions material is really heavily used across Canada.
Solvent abuse has killed scores of Scots youngsters, but Sheriff Lewis Robb seemed more concerned that Ali had "suffered enough" after being exposed by the Mail.
Darlene had been in Ashgrove from the July before her death, but there were four incidents of suspected solvent abuse between then and her death.