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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.

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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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The incidence of predisposing factors; Intubation and Vocal abuse were similar in the present study and a study by Shaw [19] (Table 19).
According to Estabillo [13], vocal abuse and misuse may take place repeatedly as a result of habits that are harmful for singers' health, and of which they are occasionally aware [14], such as excessive screaming, forced vocalizations, speaking in excess, performing hard glottal attack, inhalation of dust and harmful gases, or bad vocal and practice techniques that create hyperfunction of the vocal folds.
[17] The abovementioned facts strongly support the views regarding the dominant role played by vocal abuse and poor vocal hygiene in precipitating the formation of benign vocal cord lesions in the form of polyps and nodules but the fact remains that a majority of people with vocal abuse do not develop these lesions and these lesions develop in only a small number.
The most common disorders resulting from vocal abuse and misuse are laryngitis, vocal nodules, vocal polyps, and contact ulcers.
* What Are Some of the Disorders of Vocal Abuse and Misuse?
Vocal abuse includes the yelling, screaming and strained vocalizations common in classes.
In this study, vocal abuse was the main predisposing factor in vocal cord nodules (100%) and vocal cord polyp (70%).
As described above, vocal abuse can cause traumatic inflammation of the larynx leading to granulomas.
Carter is hopeful, having taken his chance to impress, coming off the bench in some style to replace midfield general Ronnie Wallwork, who was on the wrong end from some vocal abuse from the fans.
Holloway, the subject of vocal abuse from the home support, was brought down by Kings Lynn's Mark Camm but, after appearing to retaliate, - according to referee Colin Francis of Cambridgeshire - he was shown the red card.
Awareness of vocal abuse can help maintain a healthy voice.
In a study, 13 teachers participated in a group in which one of the themes was the performance of vocal warm-up exercises before classes and vocal cool-down exercises after classes, in order to restore normal loudness of speech and undo the sensations vocal abuse and fatigue.