abuse


abuse
1. verb
1)

the judge abused his power

Syn:
misuse, misapply, misemploy; exploit, take advantage of
2)

he was accused of abusing children

Syn:
mistreat, maltreat, ill-treat, treat badly; molest, interfere with, indecently assault, sexually abuse, sexually assault; injure, hurt, harm, damage
Ant:
look after, nurture
3)

the referee was abused by players from both teams

Syn:
insult, be rude to, swear at, curse, call someone names, taunt, badmouth, dis, shout at, revile, inveigh against, bawl out, vilify, slander, cast aspersions on
Ant:
compliment, flatter
2. noun
1)

the abuse of power

Syn:
misuse, misapplication, misemployment; exploitation
2)

the abuse of children

Syn:
mistreatment, maltreatment, ill-treatment; molestation, interference, indecent assault, sexual abuse, sexual assault; injury, hurt, harm, damage
Ant:
care, nurturing
3)

the scheme is open to administrative abuse

Syn:
corruption, injustice, wrongdoing, wrong, misconduct, misdeed(s), offense(s), crime(s), sin(s)
4)

torrents of abuse

Syn:
insults, curses, jibes, expletives, swear words; swearing, cursing, name-calling; invective, vilification, vituperation, slander; informal trash talk; archaic contumely
Ant:
compliments, flattery
5)

alcohol abuse

Syn:
addiction, dependency, overuse, misuse, problems

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