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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 purpose or end; to pervert; as, to abuse inherited gold; to make an excessive use of; as, to abuse one's authority.

    This principle (if one may so abuse the word) shoots rapidly into popularity.

  2. To use ill; to maltreat; to act injuriously to; to punish or to tax excessively; to hurt; as, to abuse prisoners, to abuse one's powers, one's patience.

  3. To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.

    The . . . tellers of news abused the general.

  4. To dishonor. ``Shall flight abuse your name?''

  5. To violate; to ravish.

  6. To deceive; to impose on. [Obs.]

    Their eyes red and staring, cozened with a moist cloud, and abused by a double object.
    --Jer. Taylor.

    Syn: To maltreat; injure; revile; reproach; vilify; vituperate; asperse; traduce; malign.


vb. (en-past of: abuse)

  1. adj. used improperly or excessively especially drugs; "an abused substance"

  2. abused with language [ant: unabused]

  3. physically abused; "an abused wife" [syn: ill-treated, maltreated, mistreated] [ant: unabused]

Usage examples of "abused".

Whether Walter West let him watch while he abused young girls, or whether he encouraged his son to take his place, or whether, in fact, he abused him directly Frederick West was never to reveal.

An elderly family friend had abused her when she was six, and she had been indecently assaulted in a Gloucester park at the age of thirteen.

West calmly and relentlessly, abused his daughter until she was unable to refuse.

West systematically abused his daughter, as determined to subjugate her as he had been to subjugate Rosemary Letts.

The child, no matter how abused, still wanted to love and admire her parents, and particularly her father.

The horrifying truth is that she was almost certainly kept captive in the cellar for several days, and regularly tortured and abused, until she was finally killed.

Gagged, tied and hanging naked by her ankles, Lynda Gough was abused sexually by both Frederick and Rosemary West.

So, though Rosemary West may have physically abused him, neither she nor her husband were anxious to relinquish Steven McAvoy once he was in her hands.

Indeed, it is more than likely that the first person to be suspended from the beams in the cellar of 25 Cromwell Street and sexually abused was Rosemary West herself, and that she and her husband then decided to subject other people to the experience.

The Wests clearly made sure Carol Ann Cooper could neither move nor cry out when they abused her.

It is certain that Carol Ann Cooper was abused sexually by both Frederick and Rosemary West.

But there can be no doubt that the Wests made sure she could neither move nor cry out when they abused her.

It seems likely that she, too, was mercilessly abused just as her predecessors had been abused, with the addition of new and even more horrifying variations.

For Juanita Mott became the sixth young woman in the space of just two years to be sexually abused, tortured, decapitated and finally dismembered in the cellar beneath the pavement of number 25 Cromwell Street.

Frederick West had also perfected a sexual harness to keep his victim utterly immobile while he and his wife abused her.