\ 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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Many readers contacted the Save Elephant Foundation, which works to rescue and rehabilitate abused elephants in Thailand. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Exploited Elephant Gets Loving New Home Just in Time for World Elephant Day," 12 Aug. 2019 Le Chateau de Chien is a 10-acre Chesterton farm that's home to a sanctuary for abused, handicapped and senior dogs. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "These are the most unique Airbnbs in Indiana, from a converted church to a treetop lodge," 17 July 2019 Meanwhile, an adorable Shih Tzu named Daisy (a sassy Tiffany Haddish) has made the mistake of thinking Snowball is a real super hero and asks for his help rescuing an abused tiger cub at a grungy downtown circus. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’: The pack is back and funnier than ever (review)," 5 June 2019 Yet,when it is pointed out that our biggest financial problem is an overly generous and abused pension system, the politicians indicate that an amendment to correct that is virtually impossible to obtain. Chicago Tribune, Lake County News-Sun, "Talk of the County: With DNA evidence, reinstate death penalty," 10 June 2019 Houston Glass: The prosecutor likened me to an abused spouse, which on hindsight is completely 100% true. CBS News, "NCIS probe of U.S. Marine's attempted murder in Kuwait reveals a conspiracy of secrets and lies," 5 June 2019 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

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1550, in the meaning defined above

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