abused

adjective
\ 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

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This is a professional-grade, three-stage electric sharpener that quickly sharpens even the dullest, most abused knives. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Knife Sharpener," 23 Feb. 2019 Villa was quoted in local media as saying his embassy moves in to help abused maids if Kuwaiti authorities fail to respond within 24 hours. Washington Post, "Kuwait expels Philippines ambassador amid dispute," 25 Apr. 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 The billies will be in good company — Stewart previously adopted a bull who escaped from a Queens slaughterhouse and an abused horse found in Pennsylvania. Fox News, "Jon Stewart rescues runaway goats found on NYC subway tracks," 21 Aug. 2018 While the new law and the shelters are breakthroughs, the next challenge is to broaden awareness of the changes and to get more abused women to make use of the new institutions and measures to protect them. Lilia Blaise, New York Times, "‘I Can Finally Dream’: Tunisia Expands Protection for Battered Women," 12 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 Pulizzi said that Ligurgo was selfish and controlling and psychologically abused Busone, frequently calling her terrible names. Washington Post, "Police: Missing 2-year-old, father believed dead in Virginia," 7 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of abused

1550, in the meaning defined above

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