abuse

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[edit] Etymology 1

From French or Old French abus, or Latin abusus.

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Singular
abuse

Plural
abuses

abuse (plural abuses)

  1. Improper treatment or usage; application to a wrong or bad purpose; misuse; perversion.
    • Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty, as well as by the abuses of power.- James Madison
  2. Physical or verbal maltreatment; injury.
  3. Sexual assault; violation; rape.
  4. An unjust, corrupt or wrongful practice or custom; offense; crime; fault.
  5. Coarse, insulting speech; abusive language.
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[edit] Etymology 2

From French or Old French abuser, from Latin abusus, past participle stem of abuti, from ab- + uti "to use".

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Infinitive
to abuse

Third person singular
abuses

Simple past
abused

Past participle
abused

Present participle
abusing

to abuse (third-person singular simple present abuses, present participle abusing, simple past and past participle abused)

  1. (transitive) To put to a wrong use; to misapply; to use improperly; to misuse; to use for a wrong purpose or end; to pervert; as, to abuse one's authority.
    • This principle (if one may so abuse the word) shoots rapidly into popularity. - James Anthony Froude
  2. (transitive) To injure; to maltreat; to hurt; to treat with cruelty.
  3. (transitive) To rape; to assault; to ravish; to violate.
  4. (transitive) To attack with coarse language; to insult; to revile.
  5. (transitive) (obsolete) To deceive; to trick; to impose on.
    Their eyes red and staring, cozened with a moist cloud, and abused by a double object. - Jeremy Taylor
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See also Wikisaurus:offend

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  • Anagrams of abesu
  • beaus

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abuse

  1. First-person singular indicative present form of abuser.
  2. Third-person singular indicative present form of abuser.
  3. First-person singular subjunctive present form of abuser.
  4. Third-person singular subjunctive present form of abuser.
  5. Second-person singular imperative present form of abuser.

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  • Anagrams of abesu
  • aubes