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Meaning of abuse

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      n 1: cruel or inhumane treatment; "the child showed signs of
           physical abuse" [syn: {maltreatment}, {ill-treatment},
           {ill-usage}, {abuse}]
      2: a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; "when a student
         made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse"; "they yelled
         insults at the visiting team" [syn: {abuse}, {insult},
         {revilement}, {contumely}, {vilification}]
      3: improper or excessive use; "alcohol abuse"; "the abuse of
         public funds" [syn: {misuse}, {abuse}]
      v 1: treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always
           stepping on others to get ahead" [syn: {mistreat},
           {maltreat}, {abuse}, {ill-use}, {step}, {ill-treat}]
      2: change the inherent purpose or function of something; "Don't
         abuse the system"; "The director of the factory misused the
         funds intended for the health care of his workers" [syn:
         {pervert}, {misuse}, {abuse}]
      3: use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the
         policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother
         shouted at the teacher" [syn: {abuse}, {clapperclaw},
         {blackguard}, {shout}]
      4: use wrongly or improperly or excessively; "Her husband often
         abuses alcohol"; "while she was pregnant, she abused drugs"

Source : WordNet ® Princeton University. 2010.

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