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abuse /ə”bju:s/ noun abuse, abuseabuse of power: abuse of powerto remedy abuses: to correct abuse bad habits, customs insult, humiliation, cursing, slander slander, slander (American word, American meaning), (ancient word, ancient meaning) mistreatment, tormentan abuse of animals: animal abuse transitive verb abuse (power…) insult, insult, curse slander, slanderto abuse somebody behind his bock: speak ill of someone behind their back (ancient word, ancient meaning) to deceive, to deceive (American word, American meaning), (ancient word, ancient meaning) mistreat, torture
abuse computer abuse: abuse of computer drug abuse: abuse of information system abuse: abuse of information systems powerabuse of trust
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1 wrong/bad use of sth
ADJ. alcohol, drug, solvent, substance (= drugs or solvents)
VERB + ABUSE be open to The legal system is open to abuse.
PHRASES the abuse of power
2 bad, usually violent treatment of sb
ADJ. emotional, physical, sex/sexual | child, elder victims of child abuse | human rights ~s allegations of human rights abuses | meaningful, suspect
QUANT. case six cases of suspect child abuse
VERB + ABUSE carry out, subject sb to She was subjected to regular sexual abuse. | suffer, take The child had taken a lot of emotional abuse. | suspect sb of
ABUSE + VERB happen, happen, take place
PHRASES an allegation of abuse, a perpetrator of abuse, a victim of abuse
3 insulting words
ADJ. verbal | personal, racial
QUANT. stream, torrent He was subjected to a torrent of abuse.
VERB + ABUSE hurl, scream, shout, shower sb with, subject sb to, yell | endure They had to endure constant abuse.
PHRASES heap abuse on sb/sth Abuse and scorn were heaped on the proposals. | a target for/of abuse The team who lost became a target of abuse for angry fans. | a term of abuse Calling someone stupid is definitely a term of abuse.
use wrongly or improperly or excessively
Her husband often abuses alcohol
while she was pregnant, she abused drugs
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English Synonym and Antonym Dictionary
abuses|abused|abusingsyn.: damage ill-use injury mistreat