\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web In rural areas, frontline health workers need to be the first point of contact for abused women, with panchayats and women’s self-help groups working jointly to provide safety and security to women. Ashwini Deshpande, Quartz India, "In locked down India, women fight coronavirus and domestic violence," 15 Apr. 2020 According to Joan Palumbo, the Chief Philanthropy Officer for Eliza Bryant Village, The Justice Center is the only senior housing option in the state that is designed with abused seniors in mind. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "Coronavirus fears stalk all of us, especially our lonely seniors: Phillip Morris," 4 Mar. 2020 Annette Miano James is one of two former gymnasts from Brighton, near Rochester, to sue the town and the school district, asserting she had been abused hundreds of times, starting in 1970, by her coach, Duncan Ververs. David W. Chen, New York Times, "Coaching Legends Were Accused of Abuse. Will Someone Finally Pay?," 17 Dec. 2019 Cases of abused children caught in the crossfire The complaints, obtained by The Enquirer, show that an active investigation is being conducted by Kentucky's Judicial Conduct Commission. Julia Fair, Cincinnati.com, "'This is someone abusing power.' In Northern Kentucky, a judge finds herself under scrutiny over Snapchat and seduction," 4 Dec. 2019 Both Jim and Patsy have been involved for years with Big Oak Ranch in Gadsden, a home for abused, neglected and abandoned children, as relief house parents. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "How this Alabama couple overcame hearing loss together," 20 Nov. 2019 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

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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 1 Jun. 2020.

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