abuse
   the use of a person or object for a taboo or illegal purpose
   Literally, any kind of maltreatment or misuse.
    Descriptive as both noun and verb of sexual activity, especially by adults with children: If Mayhew's figures for the abuse of children are suspect, so are his figures for rape. (Pearsall, 1969)
    ... the cases for 'carnally abusing' girls between the ages of ten and twelve were a mere fifty-six, (ibid.)
   To abuse yourself is to masturbate, of either sex, and see self-abuse.
   Abuse is also descriptive of the illegal ingestion of narcotics or the excessive consumption of alcohol:
    ... both now dead... Anthony from drink and 'abuse' in Dublin. (A. Clark, 1993)

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  • Abuse — A*buse , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Abused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abusing}.] [F. abuser; L. abusus, p. p. of abuti to abuse, misuse; ab + uti to use. See {Use}.] 1. To put to a wrong use; to misapply; to misuse; to put to a bad use; to use for a wrong… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abuse — Ⅰ. abuse UK US /əˈbjuːs/ noun ► [C or U] a situation in which a person uses something in a bad or wrong way, especially for their own advantage or pleasure: »The former president has been accused of corruption and abuse of power. »The politician… …   Financial and business terms

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