2 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" [syn: insult, revilement, contumely, vilification]
3 improper or excessive use [syn: misuse]
1 treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead" [syn: mistreat, maltreat, ill-use, step, ill-treat]
2 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" [syn: pervert, misuse]
3 use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher" [syn: clapperclaw, blackguard, shout]
- 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. - Madison
- Physical maltreatment; injury.
- Sexual assault; violation; rape.
- An unjust, corrupt or wrongful practice or custom; offense; crime; fault.
- Coarse, insulting speech; abusive language.
- The two parties, after exchanging a good deal of abuse, came to blows. - Macaulay
- Danish: misbrug
- Dutch: misbruik , verkeerd gebruik
- Finnish: väärinkäyttö
- French: abus
- German: Missbrauch (or Mißbrauch)
- Greek: κατάχρηση
- Hebrew: ניצול לרעה
- Hindi: दुरूपयोग
- Italian: abuso
- Japanese: 濫用
- Norwegian: misbruk
- Polish: nadużycie
- Portuguese: abuso
- Russian: злоупотребление
- Swedish: missbruk
- Tagalog: abuso
- Danish: mishandling
- Dutch: mishandeling
- Finnish: pahoinpitely
- French: abus
- German: Misshandlung (alternative Mißhandlung)
- Greek: κακομεταχείριση (kakometacheírisi)
- Hebrew: התעללות
- Italian: abuso, violenza
- Norwegian: mishandling
- Portuguese: abuso
- Russian: издевательство (izdevátel’stvo)
- Swedish: misshandel
- Tagalog: abuso, pagmamalupit
a corrupt practice
Translations to be categorised
- 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
- This principle (if one may so abuse the word) shoots rapidly into popularity. - Froude
- To injure; to maltreat; to hurt; to treat with cruelty.
- To rape; to assault; to ravish.
- To attack with coarse language; to insult; to revile.
- 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
to use improperly
- Danish: mishandle
- Dutch: mishandelen
- Finnish: pahoinpidellä
- French: abuser
- German: missbrauchen
- Hebrew: התעלל
- Italian: abusare
- Japanese: 酷使する; 虐待する
- Norwegian: mishandle
- Portuguese: abusar
- Russian: издеваться
- Swedish: misshandla
Abuse refers to the use or treatment of something (a person, item, substance, concept, or vocabulary) that is seen as harmful.
Several types of abuse include:
- Spiritual abuse: abusive or aberrational practices identified in the behavior and teachings of some churches, spiritual and religious organizations and groups.
- Sexual abuse: The improper use of another person for sexual purposes, generally without their consent or under physical or psychological pressure (also, child sexual abuse, whether abused by parents, those in loco parentis or strangers).
- Physical abuse: Where one person inflicts physical violence or pain on another.
- Verbal abuse: When a person uses profanity, demeaning talk, or threatening statements.
- Emotional abuse or psychological abuse: coercion, humiliation, intimidation, relational aggression, parental alienation or covert incest: Where one person uses emotional or psychological coercion to compel another to do something they do not want, or is not in their best interests; or when one person manipulates another's emotional or psychological state for their own ends (see battered person syndrome), or commits psychological aggression using ostensibly non-violent methods to inflict mental or emotional violence or pain on another.
- Drug abuse: the misuse of drugs, alcohol or other substances, usually a form of addiction. Law enforcement officials, among others, often define drug abuse as "any" use of illegal drugs, whether or not use is actually harmful to the user or to anyone else.
- Child abuse: Abuse, usually physical, emotional or sexual, directed at a child.
- Spousal abuse (or domestic violence): Abuse, usually physical, or psychological abuse, directed at one's domestic partner.
- Elder abuse: Abuse, most often physical or in the form of psychological threats, directed at the elderly, especially in nursing homes and similar institutions.
- Human rights abuse: Violation of human rights.
- Animal abuse: Abuse or cruelty directed at animals.
- Legal abuse: Vexatious litigation or malicious prosecution to retaliate, coerce, or emotionally/financially harm a person.
- Internet abuse includes a wide range of inappropriate online behavior, such as unsolicited promotional email, intrusion attempts, and phishing.
abuse in Catalan: Abús
abuse in German: Missbrauch
abuse in French: Maltraitance
abuse in Italian: Abuso
abuse in Hebrew: התעללות
abuse in Hungarian: Visszaélés
abuse in Japanese: 虐待
abuse in Polish: Abuse (internet)
abuse in Portuguese: Abuso
abuse in Romanian: Abuz
abuse in Russian: Злоупотребление
abuse in Sicilian: Abbusu
abuse in Simple English: Abuse
abuse in Turkish: İstismar
abuse in Yiddish: באלעסטיגן
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