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ABUSE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does abuse mean? 

ABUSE (noun)
  The noun ABUSE has 3 senses:

1. cruel or inhumane treatment
2. a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
3. improper or excessive use

  Familiarity information: ABUSE used as a noun is uncommon.


ABUSE (verb)
  The verb ABUSE has 4 senses:

1. treat badly
2. change the inherent purpose or function of something
3. use foul or abusive language towards
4. use wrongly or improperly or excessively

  Familiarity information: ABUSE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ABUSE (noun)


Sense 1abuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cruel or inhumane treatment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

abuse; ill-treatment; ill-usage; maltreatment

Hypernyms ("abuse" is a kind of...):

mistreatment (the practice of treating (someone or something) badly)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "abuse"):

child abuse (the physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children)

child neglect (failure of caretakers to provide adequate emotional and physical care for a child)

persecution (the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion))

cruelty; inhuman treatment (a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering)


Sense 2abuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rude expression intended to offend or hurt

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

contumely; insult; revilement; vilification; abuse

Context examples:

when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse / they yelled insults at the visiting team

Hypernyms ("abuse" is a kind of...):

discourtesy; disrespect (an expression of lack of respect)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "abuse"):

invective; vitriol; vituperation (abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will)

cut; stinger (a remark capable of wounding mentally)

billingsgate; scurrility (foul-mouthed or obscene abuse)

low blow (unscrupulous abuse)


Sense 3abuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Improper or excessive use

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

misuse; abuse

Hypernyms ("abuse" is a kind of...):

employment; exercise; usage; use; utilisation; utilization (the act of using)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "abuse"):

drug abuse; habit; substance abuse (excessive use of drugs)


ABUSE (verb)


Sense 1abuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Treat badly

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

abuse; ill-treat; ill-use; maltreat; mistreat; step

Context examples:

This boss abuses his workers / She is always stepping on others to get ahead

Hypernyms (to "abuse" is one way to...):

do by; handle; treat (interact in a certain way)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "abuse"):

kick around (treat badly; abuse)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They want to abuse the prisoners


Sense 2abuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Change the inherent purpose or function of something

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

misuse; abuse; pervert

Context examples:

Don't abuse the system / The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers

Hypernyms (to "abuse" is one way to...):

expend; use (use up, consume fully)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "abuse"):

fracture (violate or abuse)

take in vain (use a name, such as God, without proper respect)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3abuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Use foul or abusive language towards

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

blackguard; clapperclaw; abuse; shout

Context examples:

The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket / The angry mother shouted at the teacher

Hypernyms (to "abuse" is one way to...):

assail; assault; attack; lash out; round; snipe (attack in speech or writing)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "abuse"):

slang (abuse with coarse language)

rail; revile; vilify; vituperate (spread negative information about)

curse (heap obscenities upon)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4abuse [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Use wrongly or improperly or excessively

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context examples:

Her husband often abuses alcohol / while she was pregnant, she abused drugs

Hypernyms (to "abuse" is one way to...):

expend; use (use up, consume fully)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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