\ 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 The US State Department estimates up to two million citizens from Muslim minorities, including a large number of Uyghur people, have been held in detention centers, where former detainees allege they were indoctrinated, abused and even sterilized. Ben Westcott, CNN, "China looms as Biden's biggest foreign policy challenge. Here's where he stands," 15 Nov. 2020 Some racial minorities in the US may also avoid clinical trials because of justified mistrust in the country’s medical system, which has long excluded and abused patients of color. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "The business interests behind vaccine trials work against people of color," 13 Oct. 2020 The paper trails aren’t being made, but the bodies of abused women are telling the real story. Washington Post, "Domestic abuse has risen during the pandemic. Groups like the House of Ruth are ready.," 1 Oct. 2020 DeMille died of a heart attack in 1959 at 77, having found piety late in life, and in 1963 his family bequeathed the ranch to the Hathaway Foundation which turned it into an orphanage for abused children. Aaron Goldfarb, New York Times, "Mr. DeMille, I’m Ready for Your Booze Stash," 29 Sep. 2020 But a viral conspiracy theory — presented as concern for abused children — has stalled real investigations, police and experts say. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "After QAnon conspiracy theorists latch on to video of distraught girl, Frisco police warn of misinformation," 3 Sep. 2020 Exodus Cry's anti-Pornhub petition details several similar stories of abused women and minors who have been featured on the website. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, "Anti-Pornhub petition reaches 2.1M signatures after platform facilitated spread of minor porn: Report," 22 Sep. 2020 Langbein said most abused women won’t seek shelter and rely instead on nonresidential services such as counseling, advocacy and legal help. Dallas News, "Genesis Women’s Shelter to announce plans for $15 million Dallas facility," 2 Sep. 2020 The abused 8-year-old is suddenly the blasé college student; the angry young man is soon the emotional dropout, nearly as bad as his father and halfway pickled in gin. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Three Kings,’ Hot Priest Sheds His Cassock," 6 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of abused

1550, in the meaning defined above

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“Abused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abused. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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