• WordNet 3.6
    • v misuse 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 misuse apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly "The words are misapplied in this context","You are misapplying the name of this religious group"
    • n misuse improper or excessive use "alcohol abuse","the abuse of public funds"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Misuse To abuse; to treat ill. "O, she misused me past the endurance of a block."
    • Misuse To treat or use improperly; to use to a bad purpose; to misapply; as, to misuse one's talents. "The sweet poison of misused wine."
    • Misuse Violence, or its effects.
    • Misuse Wrong use; misapplication; erroneous or improper use. "Words little suspected for any such misuse ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • misuse To treat or use improperly; apply to an improper purpose; make a false or improper use of.
    • misuse To use or treat badly; abuse or maltreat in act or speech.
    • misuse Synonyms Abuse, Misuse. See abuse.
    • n misuse Improper use; misapplication; employment in a wrong way or to a bad purpose; perversion.
    • n misuse Abuse; ill treatment.
    • n misuse Synonyms Perversion, profanation, prostitution. See abuse, v. t.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Misuse mis-ūs′ improper use: application to a bad purpose
    • v.t Misuse (mis-ūz′) to use for a wrong purpose or in a wrong way: to treat ill: to abuse
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  • Philip K. Dick
    Philip K. Dick
    “Drug misuse is not a disease, it is a decision, like the decision to step out in front of a moving car. You would call that not a disease but an error of judgment.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “Opposition is not necessarily enmity; it is merely misused and made an occasion for enmity.”
  • J. Martin Kohe
    J. Martin Kohe
    “You possess a potent force that you either use, or misuse, hundreds of times every day.”
  • Tommy Lasorda
    Tommy Lasorda
    “Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it's because you've started to think of failure.”
  • Herbert Spencer
    “How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.”
  • Michael Wakcher
    Michael Wakcher
    “Language is a dangerous tool, that when misused, can result in nonsense.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mésuser,. See Mis-, prefix from French, and Use


In literature:

It is the condition which leads toward the misuse of young girls in wage-earning tasks.
"The Family and it's Members" by Anna Garlin Spencer
It is necessary, however, to warn against a possible misuse of alternative tests.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
Do you see how he has misused me; has fettered me to the sick-bed?
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
Their faults are the more dangerous faults of mental powers misused for personal ends.
"London Lectures of 1907" by Annie Besant
Even if modern Germany has misused science and brought it to reproach, we need not be prejudiced against science.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
The most of us make ourselves miserable by a misuse of the world.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
You are fearful, too, that the knowledge will be misused, that it will lead to sex play and experimentation.
"The Good Housekeeping Marriage Book" by Various
Kurbsky asserted the rights of the individual, as against the sovereign power, and accused Ivan of misusing his power.
"A Survey of Russian Literature, with Selections" by Isabel Florence Hapgood
Woe be to those who misuse them!
"Seen and Unseen" by E. Katharine Bates
It appears that it is somewhat misused.
"The Mind and the Brain" by Alfred Binet

In poetry:

"This grimme barone 'twas our harde happe
But yester morne to see;
When to his bowre he bare my love,
And sore misused mee.
"The Marriage of Sir Gawaine" by Anonymous British
Deeply stained with sin and folly,
Talent wasted and misused,
Earth adored and heaven forgotten,
Mercy slighted and refused.
"On Seeing Some Butterflies In A Clover Field On The Sabbath" by Caroline Fry
O, you are busied in the night,
Preparing destinies of rust;
Iron misused must turn to blight
And dwindle to a tetter'd crust.
"To Iron-Founders And Others" by Gordon Bottomley
"Know'st thou not me?" the Deep Voice cried;
"So long enjoy'd, so oft misused—
Alternate, in thy fickle pride,
Desired, neglected, and accused!
"Why Sit'st Thou" by Sir Walter Scott
Cease, rival Pow'rs, with Rage unjust to glow,
Ye both to Men the noblest Gifts bestow.
Howe'er by Folly or by Vice abus'd,
Blessings are turn'd to Curses when misus'd.
"Friendship and Love" by Mark Akenside
'Dame, we should know before we go to rest,
'Whence comes this Girl, and how she came distrest.
'Wake her, and ask; for she is sorely bruis'd:
'I long to know by whom she's thus misus'd.
"The Miller's Maid" by Robert Bloomfield

In news:

As a watchdog, it is her mission to uncover corruption, misuse of government money and address any other issues that affect the well-being of viewers.
Couple accused of misusing $1 million in HIV funds (A.
I ndia's top court Friday ordered a state government to explain the arrest of two women for a comment one of them posted on Facebook, in a case that has sparked nationwide outrage over the misuse of India's Internet laws.
India's top court Friday ordered a state government to explain the arrest of two women for a comment one of them posted on Facebook, in a case that has sparked nationwide outrage over the misuse of India's Internet laws.
NEW DELHI—India's top court Friday ordered a state government to explain the arrest of two women for a comment one of them posted on Facebook, in a case that has sparked nationwide outrage over the misuse of India's Internet laws.
Kentucky's Ethics Commission could look into Farmer 's alleged misuse of state employees.
INDIANAPOLIS An Indiana House member filed an ethics complaint against Gov Mitch Daniels Wednesday, charging that he misused his powers as governor Read full story.
Ridgeley Mayor Jim Twigg is under a criminal investigation for misuse of a government-issued credit card, according to Mineral County Sheriff Craig Fraley.
State audit reveals $600K in fraud , misuse of funds.
The US Fire Administration stated that over 2,000 fires occurred last year as the result of turkey fryer misuse.
California workers misused $613,000 in taxpayer funds , report finds.
State audit reveals $600K in fraud, misuse of funds .
"He conducted official travel for primarily personal reasons and misused" military aircraft.
Guinea treasury chief assassinated, amid probe into misuse of state funds.
To date, no misuse of the captured information has been reported.

In science:

A large fraction of papers in the climate literature includes erroneous uses of significance tests. A Bayesian analysis is presented to highlight the meaning of significance tests and why typical misuse occurs.
Significance Tests in Climate Science
We tested a recent, randomly selected issue of The Journal of Climate for at least one such misuse of significance tests in each article.
Significance Tests in Climate Science
In that particular issue we observed a misuse of significance tests in 14 out of 19 articles. A randomly selected issue of ten years before showed such misuse of significance tests in 7 out of 13 articles.
Significance Tests in Climate Science
There is quite a bit of literature on the misuse of statistical significance tests.
Significance Tests in Climate Science
Unfortunately, this literature is little-known in the astronomical community, and too often astronomers misuse bootstrap ideas.
Bayesian astrostatistics: a backward look to the future