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1. abuse

verb. ['əˈbjuːs, əˈbjuːz'] treat badly.

Synonyms

  • kick around
  • step
  • ill-treat
  • mistreat
  • maltreat
  • do by
  • ill-use
  • handle

Antonyms

  • strengthen
  • malfunction
  • undiluted
  • uncastrated

Etymology

  • abusen (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Rhymes with Abuse

  • misconstrues
  • transfuse
  • newport-news
  • santa-cruz
  • drive-thrus
  • aeroperu's
  • worldnews
  • underuse
  • primenews
  • kangaroos
  • excuse
  • confuse
  • chartreuse
  • suffuse
  • shampoos
  • revues
  • reviews
  • review's
  • refuse
  • recuse
  • overuse
  • misuse
  • infuse
  • diffuse
  • defuse
  • bocuse
  • bemuse
  • toulouse
  • tattoos
  • taboos

How do you pronounce abuse?

Pronounce abuse as əˈbjuz.

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Sentences with abuse


1. Noun, singular or mass
Kitchen Aid oven door glass can take some abuse.

Quotes about abuse


1. There is no life to be found in violence. Every act of violence brings us closer to death. Whether it's the mundane violence we do to our bodies by overeating toxic food or drink or the extreme violence of child abuse, domestic warfare, life-threatening poverty, addiction, or state terrorism.
- bell hooks

2. We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
- Aldo Leopold

3. As an actor, you just want to work, and then you just want to be on a show or have a job that you love, and you hope that job will last - those things have happened. To have that platform to then talk about something that is very personal to me like marriage equality, it feels like a gift. I try and really respect that voice and not abuse it.
- Jesse Tyler Ferguson

2. self-abuse

noun. manual stimulation of your own genital organ for sexual pleasure.

Synonyms

  • onanism
  • self-stimulation

Etymology

  • abuse (English)
  • abusen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • self- (English)

3. abuse

verb. ['əˈbjuːs, əˈbjuːz'] change the inherent purpose or function of something.

Synonyms

  • take in vain
  • pervert
  • misuse
  • fracture
  • expend

Antonyms

  • finish
  • evolution
  • bless
  • communicate

Etymology

  • abusen (Middle English (1100-1500))

4. abuse

noun. ['əˈbjuːs, əˈbjuːz'] cruel or inhumane treatment.

Synonyms

  • persecution
  • mistreatment
  • ill-usage
  • inhuman treatment
  • cruelty
  • ill-treatment
  • child abuse
  • child neglect

Antonyms

  • praise
  • undeceive
  • cheer
  • walk

Etymology

  • abusen (Middle English (1100-1500))

5. abuse

verb. ['əˈbjuːs, əˈbjuːz'] use foul or abusive language towards.

Synonyms

  • assail
  • snipe
  • slang
  • rail
  • blackguard
  • shout
  • assault
  • clapperclaw
  • vituperate
  • round
  • vilify
  • attack
  • curse
  • lash out

Antonyms

  • increase
  • lengthen
  • expand
  • uncut

Etymology

  • abusen (Middle English (1100-1500))

6. abuse

noun. ['əˈbjuːs, əˈbjuːz'] improper or excessive use.

Synonyms

  • utilisation
  • use
  • habit
  • utilization
  • usage
  • drug abuse
  • misuse
  • employment
  • exercise

Antonyms

  • square
  • angular
  • top
  • bottom

Etymology

  • abusen (Middle English (1100-1500))

7. abuse

noun. ['əˈbjuːs, əˈbjuːz'] a rude expression intended to offend or hurt.

Synonyms

  • vitriol
  • cut
  • invective
  • revilement
  • discourtesy
  • insult
  • contumely
  • disrespect
  • low blow
  • billingsgate
  • vituperation
  • stinger
  • vilification

Antonyms

  • thin
  • reduce
  • exact
  • refrain

Etymology

  • abusen (Middle English (1100-1500))

8. abuse

verb. ['əˈbjuːs, əˈbjuːz'] use wrongly or improperly or excessively.

Synonyms

  • use

Antonyms

  • thicken
  • inflate

Etymology

  • abusen (Middle English (1100-1500))
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