\ə-ˈbyüzd \

Definition of abused 

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

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Sanctuary director Willie Tucker told Voice of America that while his group once took in at least five or six abused chimps each year, most years now there’s only one new arrival. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Meanwhile in ... Greenland, dog sleds were used to rush ballots to remote polling areas," 31 May 2018 Sometimes, an abusive partner will deliberately isolate someone from family and friends; other times the abused person self-isolates out of embarrassment. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "Friend wants her bestie to give up the ghost," 6 July 2018 Such investigations currently are managed within the district’s Law Department, which also defends the district if abused students file civil lawsuits. Juan Perez Jr., chicagotribune.com, "CPS to move sex abuse investigations from law department to inspector general," 12 June 2018 Sometimes, an abusive partner will deliberately isolate someone from family and friends; other times the abused person self-isolates out of embarrassment. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Friend wants her bestie to give up the ghost," 7 July 2018 An even more incendiary interview surfaced online in March, in which Patterson can be heard boasting about having counseled an abused woman, who showed up to church with two black eyes, to submit to domestic violence as her wifely duty. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "ChurchToo and Mike Pence’s Crisis of Faith," 21 June 2018 Side Take To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that : 0%: 0% Critics say Sessions’s decision will dismantle legal efforts that have been put in place to protect abused women. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Jeff Sessions Decided That Domestic Abuse and Gang Violence Aren't Grounds for Asylum," 12 June 2018 Patterson also was accused of making improper remarks about a teenage girl's body and contending that abused women should almost always stay with their husbands. David Crary, Fox News, "#MeToo crisis jolts Southern Baptists ahead of key gathering," 9 June 2018 Patterson's advice to abused women not to divorce has set off a huge public backlash among evangelicals - but not at the conservative Texas seminary where the 75-year-old is president. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Southern Baptist leader who advised abused women not to divorce says he has nothing to apologize for," 4 May 2018

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1550, in the meaning defined above

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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