Misusing



[noun mis-yoos; verb mis-yooz] /noun mɪsˈyus; verb mɪsˈyuz/

noun
1.
wrong or improper ; misapplication.
2.
Obsolete. bad or abusive treatment.
verb (used with object), misused, misusing.
3.
to wrongly or improperly; misapply.
4.
to treat badly or abusively; maltreat.
noun (ˌmɪsˈjuːs)
1.
erroneous, improper, or unorthodox use: misuse of words
2.
cruel or inhumane treatment
verb (transitive) (ˌmɪsˈjuːz)
3.
to use wrongly
4.
to treat badly or harshly
5.
to use (something, esp alcohol, drugs, etc) improperly
v.

late 14c., “to use improperly;” see mis- (1) + use (v.). Meaning “to subject to ill-treatment” is attested from 1530s. Related: Misused; misusing.
n.

late 14c., from mis- (1) + use (n.). It aligns with the older sense of the verb misuse.

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