Over-abuse



[verb uh-byooz; noun uh-byoos] /verb əˈbyuz; noun əˈbyus/

verb (used with object), abused, abusing.
1.
to use wrongly or improperly; misuse:
to abuse one’s authority.
2.
to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way:
to abuse a horse; to abuse one’s eyesight.
3.
to speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about; revile; malign.
4.
to commit sexual assault upon.
5.
Obsolete. to deceive or mislead.
noun
6.
wrong or improper use; misuse:
the abuse of privileges.
7.
harshly or coarsely insulting language:
The officer heaped abuse on his men.
8.
bad or improper treatment; maltreatment:
The child was subjected to cruel abuse.
9.
a corrupt or improper practice or custom:
the abuses of a totalitarian regime.
10.
rape or sexual assault.
11.
Obsolete. .
Idioms
12.
abuse oneself, to masturbate.
verb (transitive) (əˈbjuːz)
1.
to use incorrectly or improperly; misuse
2.
to maltreat, esp physically or sexually
3.
to speak insultingly or cruelly to; revile
4.
(reflexive) to masturbate
noun (əˈbjuːs)
5.
improper, incorrect, or excessive use; misuse
6.
maltreatment of a person; injury
7.
insulting, contemptuous, or coarse speech
8.
an evil, unjust, or corrupt practice
9.
See child abuse
10.
(archaic) a deception
v.

early 15c., “to misuse, misapply,” from Middle French abuser, from Vulgar Latin *abusare, from Latin abusus “an abusing, using up,” past participle of abuti “use up,” also “misuse,” from ab- “away” (see ab-) + uti “use” (see use). Of sexual situations from early 15c., but originally incest, homosexuality, prostitution, etc.; meaning “to misuse sexually, ravish” is from 1550s. Specifically of drugs, from 1968. Related: Abused; abusing.
n.

mid-15c., “improper practice,” from Old French abus (14c.), from Latin abusus (see abuse (v.)). Earlier in Middle English was abusion “wicked act or practice, shameful thing, violation of decency” (early 14c.), “an insult” (mid-14c.).

abuse a·buse (ə-byōōz’)
v. a·bused, a·bus·ing, a·bus·es

n. (ə-byōōs’)

a·bus’er n.

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