Definitions for abuse

Definitions for (noun) abuse

Main entry: ill-treatment, ill-usage, maltreatment, abuse

Definition: cruel or inhumane treatment

Usage: the child showed signs of physical abuse

Main entry: abuse, misuse

Definition: improper or excessive use

Usage: alcohol abuse; the abuse of public funds

Main entry: contumely, abuse, vilification, revilement, insult

Definition: a rude expression intended to offend or hurt

Usage: when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse; they yelled insults at the visiting team

Definitions for (verb) abuse

Main entry: abuse, misuse, pervert

Definition: change the inherent purpose or function of something

Usage: Don't abuse the system; The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers

Main entry: abuse

Definition: use wrongly or improperly or excessively

Usage: Her husband often abuses alcohol; while she was pregnant, she abused drugs

Main entry: abuse, shout, blackguard, clapperclaw

Definition: use foul or abusive language towards

Usage: The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket; The angry mother shouted at the teacher

Main entry: ill-treat, ill-use, mistreat, maltreat, abuse, step

Definition: treat badly

Usage: This boss abuses his workers; She is always stepping on others to get ahead

Visual thesaurus for abuse