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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abusedadjective

    used improperly or excessively especially drugs

    "an abused substance"

  2. abused, ill-treated, maltreated, mistreatedadjective

    subjected to cruel treatment

    "an abused wife"


  1. abused

    Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of a thing, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, assault, violation, rape, unjust practices, crimes, or other types of aggression. To these descriptions, one can also add the Kantian notion of the wrongness of using another human being as means to an end rather than as ends in themselves. Some sources describe abuse as "socially constructed", which means there may be more or less recognition of the suffering of a victim at different times and societies.


  1. abused

    Abused refers to being treated with cruelty or violence, especially repeatedly or regularly. It can also relate to improper use or treatment of something, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can involve various contexts such as physical, emotional, sexual, or verbal maltreatment. Furthermore, it can apply to substances where it signifies a pattern of harmful overuse.

  2. abused

    Abused refers to a situation where an individual is treated with cruelty, harm or violence, repeatedly or regularly, often within a relationship of trust. This can be in various forms including physical, emotional, sexual, financial, or psychological. Abuse may also pertain to improper usage or treatment of something, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abused

    of Abuse

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abused in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abused in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of abused in a Sentence

  1. Howard Dubowitz:

    One issue is that kids with disabilities are at increased risk for being abused or neglected and at increased risk of being identified as abused or neglected, we need to be really mindful that these often are particularly vulnerable kids that need extra care.

  2. Aldous Huxley:

    Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession. Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process.

  3. Charles Caleb Colton:

    There are two modes of establishing our reputation to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.

  4. Brad Rigby:

    He had the opportunity to make the right decision and tell the truth, but he went in a different direction and he abused honor and he abused trust.

  5. Matthew 2311, 12 Bible:

    But he that is the greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abused and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

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