What does abuse mean?

Definitions for abuse
əˈbyuz; əˈbyusabuse

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word abuse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. maltreatment, ill-treatment, ill-usage, abusenoun

    cruel or inhumane treatment

    "the child showed signs of physical abuse"

  2. abuse, insult, revilement, contumely, vilificationnoun

    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"

  3. misuse, abuseverb

    improper or excessive use

    "alcohol abuse"; "the abuse of public funds"

  4. mistreat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, step, ill-treatverb

    treat badly

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

  5. pervert, misuse, abuseverb

    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"

  6. abuse, clapperclaw, blackguard, shoutverb

    use foul or abusive language towards

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

  7. abuseverb

    use wrongly or improperly or excessively

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abuseverb

    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

  2. Abuseverb

    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

  3. Abuseverb

    to revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage

  4. Abuseverb

    to dishonor

  5. Abuseverb

    to violate; to ravish

  6. Abuseverb

    to deceive; to impose on

  7. Abuseverb

    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

  8. Abuseverb

    physical ill treatment; injury

  9. Abuseverb

    a corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service

  10. Abuseverb

    vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling

  11. Abuseverb

    violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child

Freebase

  1. Abuse

    Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of an entity, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, sexual assault, violation, rape, unjust practices; wrongful practice or custom; offense; crime, or otherwise verbal aggression.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abuse

    ab-ūz′, v.t. to use wrongly: to pervert: to revile: to violate.—ns. Abuse (ab-ūs′), ill use: misapplication: reproach: vituperation; Abū′sion (Spens.), abuse: deception: reproach.—adj. Abus′ive, containing or practising abuse: full of abuses: vituperative.—adv. Abus′ively.—n. Abus′iveness. [L. ab, away (from what is right), uti, usus, to use.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Abuse

    Abuse; abusive; when a human is harming an animal or fellow human for unspecified reasons.

    Submitted by rinat on December 20, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'abuse' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3044

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'abuse' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3063

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'abuse' in Nouns Frequency: #1191

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'abuse' in Verbs Frequency: #989

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abuse in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abuse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of abuse in a Sentence

  1. Rick Scott:

    Our communities must be protected from sick individuals who exploit and victimize children, and also from liberal activist judges who abuse their sentencing discretion to let offenders off the hook. Federal sentencing guidelines for these heinous crimes are critical, and I am proud to support this good bill to ensure guidelines are strictly enforced.

  2. Voltaire:

    Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.

  3. Rachael Rollins:

    The actions of Judge Sinnott are unprecedented and outrageous, judge Sinnott insistence on arraigning individuals when my office has used its discretion to decline a case is an unconstitutional abuse of Judge Sinnott power and serves neither the interests of justice nor public safety.

  4. Monika Bickert:

    We’ve made progress in the fight against illicit drug sales on our platforms, but we have more to do, we’re committed to making sure we do everything we can to prevent this kind of abuse.

  5. Sarah Ireland:

    If children are in a school ... their parents can actually go about their business rebuilding their lives, knowing their children are in a safe place and that their children will be less vulnerable to trafficking, abuse or exploitation.

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Translations for abuse

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  • إساءةArabic
  • оскърбление, злоупотребявам, изнасилвам, злоупотреба, обида, обиждам, оскърбявамBulgarian
  • zneužitíCzech
  • misbrug, mishandling, seksuelt misbrug, misbruge, krænke, vanrøgt, mishandleDanish
  • Missbrauch, Mißbrauch, missbrauchen, Schmähung, Beleidigung, beleidigen, Mißhandlung, vergewaltigen, Beschimpfung, beschimpfen, MisshandlungGerman
  • βρισιές, κακομεταχείριση, κατάχρησηGreek
  • abuso, abuso sexualSpanish
  • دشنامPersian
  • solvata, väärinkäyttää, raiskata, käyttää hyväksi, väärinkäyttö, solvaus, herjaus, väärinkäytös, pahoinpitely, hyväksikäyttö, pahoinpidellä, herjataFinnish
  • abus, viol, abuserFrench
  • càineadh, trod, cronachadhScottish Gaelic
  • abusoGalician
  • השתלחות, התעלל, השתלח, ניצול לרעה, התעללות, תקיפה מינית, ניצל לרעהHebrew
  • बुरा भला कहना, दुरूपयोग, अपशब्द, गाली देनाHindi
  • abuso, abuso sessuale, violenza carnale, violentare, violenza, abusareItalian
  • 侮辱, 濫用, ののしる, 性的虐待, 酷使, 虐待Japanese
  • ನಿಂದನೆKannada
  • 학대Korean
  • abūsiō, probrum, obloquor, abūtorLatin
  • abuséierenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • įžeidinėtiLithuanian
  • lamātLatvian
  • abbużMaltese
  • misbrukNorwegian
  • verkrachten, beschimpingen, beschimpen, uitschelden, misbruiken, onteren, mishandelen, misbruik, mishandelingDutch
  • misbrukNorwegian Nynorsk
  • misbruk, utskjelling, voldtekt, mishandle, mishandling, misbruke, skjelle ut, voldtaNorwegian
  • atéʼélʼíNavajo, Navaho
  • nadużycie, znęcanie się, molestowaniePolish
  • ultrajar, afrontar, abusar, enganar, abuso, ofender, insultarPortuguese
  • abuzRomanian
  • злоупотребление, брань, злоупотреблять, злоупотребить, истязание, нападки, оскорблять, оскорбить, ругать, материть, изнасиловать, оскорбление, ругань, издевательство, издеваться, насилие, обижать, обидеть, обругать, обматерить, насиловатьRussian
  • злоупотреба, злостављање, zlostavljanje, злоупотребити, zlostavljati, zloupotreba, zloupotrebiti, злостављатиSerbo-Croatian
  • misshandel, missbruka, misshandla, missbrukSwedish
  • abuso, panggagahasa, pagmamalupitTagalog
  • migeb, nofön, lunofön, migebön, slanön, lenofönVolapük

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    • A. arbitrary
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