Synonyms for abuse

Synonyms for (noun) abuse

Synonyms: ill-treatment, ill-usage, maltreatment, abuse

Definition: cruel or inhumane treatment

Usage: the child showed signs of physical abuse

Similar words: mistreatment

Definition: the practice of treating (someone or something) badly

Usage: he should be punished for his mistreatment of his mother


Synonyms: abuse, misuse

Definition: improper or excessive use

Usage: alcohol abuse; the abuse of public funds

Similar words: usage, use, utilisation, utilization, employment, exercise

Definition: the act of using

Usage: he warned against the use of narcotic drugs; skilled in the utilization of computers


Synonyms: 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

Similar words: discourtesy, disrespect

Definition: an expression of lack of respect

Synonyms for (verb) abuse

Synonyms: 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

Similar words: expend, use

Definition: use up, consume fully

Usage: The legislature expended its time on school questions


Synonyms: abuse

Definition: use wrongly or improperly or excessively

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

Similar words: expend, use

Definition: use up, consume fully

Usage: The legislature expended its time on school questions


Synonyms: 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

Similar words: snipe, round, assail, assault, attack, lash out

Definition: attack in speech or writing

Usage: The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker


Synonyms: 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

Similar words: do by, treat, handle

Definition: interact in a certain way

Usage: Do right by her; Treat him with caution, please; Handle the press reporters gently