abuse abuse  /ə ˈbjus/


  1. (n) cruel or inhumane treatment
  2. (n) a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
  3. (n) improper or excessive use
  4. (v) treat badly
  5. (v) change the inherent purpose or function of something
  6. (v) use foul or abusive language towards
  7. (v) use wrongly or improperly or excessively


  1. A series of reports on child abuse suggest that as many as nine in 10 cases of child maltreatment and neglect go unreported.
  2. An Ugly Family Affair Charges of sexual abuse leveled against Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega swirl atop a power struggle.
  3. In fact, a 1994 study found that physical abuse among siblings was far more common than parent-child or even spousal abuse.


  1. Elder abuse is focus of TARC signs

    During Elder Abuse Awareness Month in June, 30 TARC buses will carry posters informing the public of elder abuse and neglect.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Louisville Courier-Journal

  2. Animal abuse is a sign of a deeper problem

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - There have been numerous cases of animal cruelty and abuse in the Mahoning Valley over the last few weeks, and psychologists say it is the sign of a deeper, more disturbing problem.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WFMJ Youngstown

  3. Abuse by foster parents rare

    Child abuse is an ongoing problem in the United States, while cases of abuse by foster parents are relatively rare, government data show.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Amarillo Globe-News


  1. "I would like to pause to acknowledge the shame which we have all felt as a result of the sexual abuse of minors by some clergy ...... in this country," Benedict said during an address at mass. "Those responsible for these evils must be...
    on Jul 19, 2008 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: Detroit Free Press

  2. "We will never undertake this research lightly," Obama said. "We will develop strict guidelines, which we will rigorously enforce, because we cannot ever tolerate misuse or abuse."
    on Mar 9, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Reuters

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