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  1. a·buse
  2. verb

    noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: abuse, plural noun: abuses

    • v.: verb: abuse, 3rd person present: abuses, gerund or present participle: abusing, past tense: abused, past participle: abused

    • verb

      use (something) to bad effect or for a bad purpose; misuse:

      make excessive and habitual use of (alcohol or drugs, especially illegal ones):

    • noun

      the improper use of something:

      unjust or corrupt practice:

    • adjective

      (of a person or animal) treated with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly:

      used in a wrong or inappropriate way:

    • adjective

      (of a person or animal) treated with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly:

      used in a wrong or inappropriate way:

    • noun

      behavior which causes damage or harm to oneself:

      used euphemistically to refer to masturbation:

    • noun

      the habitual misuse of alcohol:
    • noun

      the habitual taking of addictive or illegal drugs.
    • noun

      the alleged sexual abuse or murder of people, especially children, supposedly committed as part of satanic rituals.
    • noun

      another term for substance abuse
    • noun

      overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, especially alcohol or drugs.
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