Part of speech: verb

To use improperly; wrong; hurt; revile; violate.

Part of speech: noun

Improper use; ill treatment; misuse; vicious conduct; insulting speech.

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Usage examples "abuse":

  1. You abuse Mr. Helstone for everything he does. - "Shirley", Charlotte Brontë.
  2. I desire them up yonder to think that I abuse you. - "The Sea-Hawk", Raphael Sabatini.
  3. I stopped for a few minutes at the door of our cottage to listen to the volume of abuse that was rising across the stillness of the island. - "The Aran Islands", John M. Synge.