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misuse

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of misuse

  1. incorrect or improper use <the warranty for this dryer is null and void if you subject the product to deliberate misuse> Synonyms abuse, misapplication, misemployment, misusage, misutilization, perversion Related Words mishandling, mismanagement, mismanaging; ill-treatment, ill-usage, maltreatment, mistreatment; damage, destruction, ruin, spoiling, wrecking; corruption, debasement, desecration, profanation, prostitution Near Antonyms application, employment, use, utilization




misuse

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of misuse

  1. 1 to put to a bad or improper use <an actor who misused his considerable talent by appearing in too many lousy movies> Synonyms abuse, misemploy, misapply, pervert, profane, prostituteRelated Words degrade, twist; mismanage; corrupt, debase, desecrateNear Antonyms apply, employ, use, utilize; respect

  2. 2 to inflict physical or emotional harm upon <sadly misused by the people he had trusted> Synonyms brutalize, bully, ill-treat, ill-use, kick around, maltreat, manhandle, mess over [slang], mishandle, mistreat, abuseRelated Words molest, outrage, violate; harass, harm, hurt, injure, oppress, persecute, torment, torture; burn, sandbag, victimize, wrong; beat (up), mess (up), rough (up), work (over)Near Antonyms care (for), cherish, foster, nurture; baby, cater (to), coddle, favor, gratify, humor, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil





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