\ ə-ˈbyüzd How to pronounce abused (audio) \

Definition of abused

: subjected to harmful or improper treatment : having suffered abuse providing support for abused children/women

Examples of abused in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web ChildNet is part of a larger county social services system that experts say had a history of failing to protect abused children even before the Turpins entered the picture in 2018. Josh Margolin, ABC News, 19 Nov. 2021 The Bexar County Child Welfare Board, which advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children, will present its annual report to commissioners. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Oct. 2021 Their mission to ‘improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues’ is carried out with professionalism, compassion and expertise. Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2021 But what has been good for business also turned out to be bad for abused children. New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 The allegations stemmed from years of abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss, who inappropriately touched and abused hundreds of students during examinations from the 1970s through the 1990s. John Caniglia, cleveland, 22 Sep. 2021 To an abused spouse, such arrangements can seem incomprehensible. Megan O’matz, ProPublica, 16 Sep. 2021 The van from the youth home for for abused or neglected children was part of a fiery multi-vehicle crash June 19 on a wet interstate that also killed a Tennessee man and his baby in another vehicle. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 Gulley had taken the group to the Alabama coast for an annual trip sponsored by the girls ranch, which cares for abused and neglected girls and is located about 60 miles (nearly 100 kilometers) northeast of Montgomery. Kim Chandler, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021

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First Known Use of abused

1550, in the meaning defined above

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25 Nov 2021

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“Abused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abused. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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