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definition of the word abuse

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From French or Old French abus, or Latin abusus.

Singular
abuse

Plural
abuses

abuse (plural abuses)

  1. 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
  2. Physical maltreatment; injury.
  3. Sexual assault; violation; rape.
  4. An unjust, corrupt or wrongful practice or custom; offense; crime; fault.
  5. Coarse, insulting speech; abusive language.
    • The two parties, after exchanging a good deal of abuse, came to blows. - Macaulay


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