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Etymology 1

From French or Old French abus, or [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] abusus.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
abuse

Plural
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  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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Etymology 2

From French or Old French abuser, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] abusus, past participle stem of abuti, from ab- + uti "to use".

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to abuse

Third person singular
abus

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to abuse (third-person singular simple present abus, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) 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 authority.
    • This principle (if one may so abuse the word) shoots rapidly into popularity. - Froude
  2. (transitive) To injure; to maltreat; to hurt; to treat with cruelty.
  3. (transitive) To rape; to assault; to ravish.
  4. (transitive) To attack with coarse language; to insult; to revile.
  5. (transitive) (obsolete) 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
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See also Wikisaurus:offend

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