• WordNet 3.6
    • v abuse change the inherent purpose or function of something "Don't abuse the system","The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers"
    • v abuse use wrongly or improperly or excessively "Her husband often abuses alcohol","while she was pregnant, she abused drugs"
    • v abuse use foul or abusive language towards "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket","The angry mother shouted at the teacher"
    • v abuse treat badly "This boss abuses his workers","She is always stepping on others to get ahead"
    • n abuse cruel or inhumane treatment "the child showed signs of physical abuse"
    • n abuse improper or excessive use "alcohol abuse","the abuse of public funds"
    • n abuse a rude expression intended to offend or hurt "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse","they yelled insults at the visiting team"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The major side effects from abusing anabolic steroids can include liver tumors and cancer, jaundice (yellowish pigmentation of skin, tissues, and body fluids), fluid retention, high blood pressure, increases in LDL (bad cholesterol), and decreases in HDL (good cholesterol). Other side effects include kidney tumors, severe acne, and trembling.
    • Abuse A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service. "Abuse after disappeared without a struggle.."
    • Abuse Improper treatment or use; application to a wrong or bad purpose; misuse; as, an abuse of our natural powers; an abuse of civil rights, or of privileges or advantages; an abuse of language. "Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty, as well as by the abuses of power."
    • Abuse Physical ill treatment; injury. "Rejoice . . . at the abuse of Falstaff."
    • Abuse To deceive; to impose on. "Their eyes red and staring, cozened with a moist cloud, and abused by a double object."
    • Abuse To dishonor. "Shall flight abuse your name?"
    • Abuse To put to a wrong use; to misapply; to misuse; to put to a bad use; to use for a wrong purpose or end; to pervert; as, to abuse inherited gold; to make an excessive use of; as, to abuse one's authority. "This principle (if one may so abuse the word) shoots rapidly into popularity."
    • Abuse To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage. "The . . . tellers of news abused the general."
    • Abuse To use ill; to maltreat; to act injuriously to; to punish or to tax excessively; to hurt; as, to abuse prisoners, to abuse one's powers, one's patience.
    • Abuse To violate; to ravish.
    • Abuse Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child. "Or is it some abuse , and no such thing?"
    • Abuse Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling. "The two parties, after exchanging a good deal of abuse , came to blows."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The mother of the boy Michael Jackson is accused of abusing is named 'Janet Jackson'.
    • abuse To use ill; misuse; put to a wrong or bad use; divert from the proper use; misapply: as, to abuse rights or privileges; to abuse words.
    • abuse To do wrong to; act injuriously toward; injure; disgrace; dishonor.
    • abuse To violate; ravish; defile. To attack with contumelious language; revile. To deceive; impose on; mislead.
    • abuse Synonyms To Abuse, Misuse, misapply, misemploy, pervert, profane. Abuse and misuse are closely synonymous terms, but misuse conveys more particularly the idea of using inappropriately, abuse that of treating injuriously. In general, abuse is the stronger word.
    • abuse To maltreat, ill-use, injure. To revile, reproach, vilify, rate, berate, vituperate, rail at.
    • n abuse Ill use; improper treatment or employment; application to a wrong purpose; improper use or application: as, an abuse of our natural powers; an abuse of civil rights, or of religious privileges; abuse of advantages; abuse of words.
    • n abuse Ill treatment of a person; injury; insult; dishonor; especially, ill treatment in words; contumelious language.
    • n abuse A corrupt practice or custom; an offense; a crime; a fault: as, the abuses of government.
    • n abuse Violation; defilement: as, self-abuse. Deception.
    • n abuse Abuse, Invective, maltreatment, outrage; vituperation, contumely, scolding, reviling, aspersion, slander, obloquy. (See invective.) “ Abuse as compared with invective is more personal and coarse, being conveyed in harsh and unseemly terms, and dictated by angry feeling and bitter temper. Invective is more commonly aimed at character or conduct, and may be conveyed in writing and in refined language, and dictated by indignation against what is in itself blameworthy. It often, however, means public abuse under such restraints as are imposed by position and education.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Abuse ab-ūz′ to use wrongly: to pervert: to revile: to violate
    • ns Abuse (ab-ūs′) ill use: misapplication: reproach: vituperation
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  • William Shakespeare
    “The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power.”
  • Epictetus
    “It is not he who gives abuse that affronts, but the view that we take of it as insulting; so that when one provokes you it is your own opinion which is provoking.”
  • Paul Gallico
    Paul Gallico
    “No one can be as calculatedly rude as the British, which amazes Americans, who do not understand studied insult and can only offer abuse as a substitute.”
  • Jean Baudrillard
    “Never resist a sentence you like, in which language takes its own pleasure and in which, after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence.”
  • James F. Cooper
    “The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.”
  • Lord Quintin Hogg Hailsham
    Lord Quintin Hogg Hailsham
    “Abuse is the very hallmark of liberty.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. abuser,; L. abusus, p. p. of abuti, to abuse, misuse; ab, + uti, to use. See Use
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ab, away (from what is right), uti, usus, to use.


In literature:

No gift from heaven is so general and so widely abused by woman as the gift of beauty.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
But is it not an abuse to the lover to be made a blind of?
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
He would get no hearing and would only incur abuse.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
As yet no one has abused the privileges of debate.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
He combated the abuses of the state, as well as of the church.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
As he revolted from the abstract injustice of slavery, so its concrete abuses as he saw them, filled him with horror.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
It is a fact that the large majority of boys acquire the habit of self-abuse at some time.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
He said he had been abused by others in their informations, (as he now well saw,) and so had abused them.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
The fellow followed me with a torrent of abuse.
"The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'" by George Borrow
The system was abused.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt

In poetry:

That traitorously he did abuse
The power in him reposed,
And wickedly the same did use,
On all mankind imposed.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
"You are dark and Maud is fair!"
I could laugh at this excuse
If this aching, mad abuse
Were not more than hair!
"Perle Des Jardins" by Madison Julius Cawein
Gladstone was still respected,
When John Ruskin produced
'King's Treasuries'; Swinburne
And Rossetti still abused.
"Yeux Glauques" by Ezra Pound
No more shall bold blasphemers say,
"Judgment will ne'er begin;"
No more abuse his long delay
To impudence and sin.
"Psalm 50 part 1" by Isaac Watts
To man is given the keys of heaven
If they be rightly used;
No being born but must be shorn
If blessings are abused.
"Good Habits" by Jared Barhite
Hadst thou not thus my love abused,
And used me ne'er so ill,
Thy cruelty I had excused,
And I had loved thee still.
"Songs Set To Music: 15. Set" by Matthew Prior

In news:

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. A mother in Bullhead City has been arrested on child abuse charges after her 3-month-old son was hospitalized because of seizures and doctors discovered he had numerous broken bones.
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. A mother in Bullhead City has been arrested on child abuse charges after her 3-month-old son was hospitalized because of seizures and doctors discovered he had numerous broken bones.
Search giant Google's chairman, Eric Schmidt, testified in front of Congress this week regarding the company's possible abuse of its monopoly power in the search market.
Days after a former Clallam County jail inmate came forward claiming three women conspired to make false reports of sexual abuse during a federal survey, the survey administrators discredited her.
Despite safeguards, many abused children fall through bureaucratic cracks.
In 40 percent of child abuse cases nationwide, the threat was already known to the child welfare system, but it failed to protect the victims.
Court is asked to ensure that inmates' cases with ties to Burge get a hearing to tell if torture or physical abuse led to conviction.
BURNET — After less than a week at a home for men recovering from substance abuse, James Floyd said a miracle has happened that is helping him get his life back together.
Pick a scandal that involves District taxpayers getting screwed, and there's a healthy chance you'll find some form of abuse of the Certified Business Enterprise program.
Waldorf businessman accused of teen sex abuse.
Businessman Says Life 'Ruined' Following Sexual Abuse Allegations.
Cops Investigating Claims of Turkey Abuse at Butterball .
Careful readers of Laurie Goodstein and David Halbfinger's "Church Office Failed to Act on Abuse Scandal" (discussed here) will recall seeing Nicholas P Cafardi quoted in the piece.
Prior wife of Cape Coral day care killing suspect recalls abuse.
Lubbock's place as area with second-highest rate of child abuse means children need support.

In science:

With a slight abuse of notations, we write Pz = P ⊗ P z ω for both the joint law on Ω × (Zd )N of {Xn }n and ω , and for its marginal on (Zd )N ; in the latter case, we refer to it as the annealed law of the process {Xn }.
A law of large numbers for random walks in random mixing environments
Given a simple integrable Hτ ,ζ -module L, the corresponding G-conjugacy class of triples {s, e, χ}, or, abusively, any element in this conjugacy class, are called the Langlands parameters of L.
Induced and simple modules of double affine Hecke algebras
This also leads to physical difficulties because the strict conservation of all the Casimirs is abusive as discussed in IV C.
Generalized thermodynamics and Fokker-Planck equations. Applications to stellar dynamics, two-dimensional turbulence and Jupiter's great red spot
Perhaps our use of the word Penrose limit to describe these other situations is an abuse of the word Penrose limit, but we use the word to describe any well-defined scaling limit of the neighborhood of a null geodesic that gives rise to a plane wave limit.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
Notice the abuse of notation: in the argument of Φ, u + iv lives in the complexification of lR while in the first component u + iv lives in l. A straightforward computation shows that Φ, Ψ are mutually inverse isomorphisms of complex Lie algebras.
On simple real Lie bialgebras