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abuse

noun

Synonym Discussion of abuse

abuse, vituperation, invective, obloquy, billingsgate mean vehemently expressed condemnation or disapproval. abuse, the most general term, usually implies the anger of the speaker and stresses the harshness of the language.
    • scathing verbal abuse
vituperation implies fluent and sustained abuse.
    • a torrent of vituperation
invective implies a comparable vehemence but suggests greater verbal and rhetorical skill and may apply to a public denunciation.
    • blistering political invective
obloquy suggests defamation and consequent shame and disgrace.
    • subjected to obloquy and derision
billingsgate implies practiced fluency and variety of profane or obscene abuse.
    • directed a stream of billingsgate at the cabdriver

abuse

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of abuse

  1. 1 to inflict physical or emotional harm upon if you abuse your pet, he will always have an ugly disposition Synonyms of abuse brutalize, bully, ill-treat, ill-use, kick around, maltreat, manhandle, mess over [slang], mishandle, mistreat, misuse Words Related to abuse molest, outrage, violate; harass, harm, hurt, injure, oppress, persecute, torment, torture; burn, sandbag, victimize, wrong; beat (up), mess (up), rough (up), work (over) Phrases take apart Near Antonyms of abuse care (for), cherish, foster, nurture; baby, cater (to), coddle, favor, gratify, humor, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil

  2. 2 to criticize harshly and usually publicly a demanding, difficult patient who constantly abuses the nurses and aides Synonyms of abuse attack, assail, bash, belabor, blast, castigate, excoriate, jump (on), lambaste (or lambast), potshot, savage, scathe, slam, trash, vituperateWords Related to abuse berate, harangue, harass, harry, revile, scold, whip; blaspheme, curse, execrate, imprecate, profane; affront, insult, slur; asperse, bad-mouth, belittle, blackguard, disparage, put down; libel, slander, traduce, vilify; chastise, chide, criticize, lace (into), rebuke, reprimand, reproof; fulminate, lash (out)Near Antonyms of abuse acclaim, commend, compliment, hail, laud, praise

  3. 3 to put to a bad or improper use if you abuse your baseball bat by using it to hammer nails, don't expect it to last long Synonyms of abuse misapply, misemploy, misuse, pervert, profane, prostituteWords Related to abuse degrade, twist; mismanage; corrupt, debase, desecrateNear Antonyms of abuse apply, employ, use, utilize; respect

  4. 4 to take unfair advantage of abused his parents' trust, pilfering small amounts from them that he hoped they wouldn't notice Synonyms of abuse exploit, capitalize (on), cash in (on), impose (on or upon), leverage, milk, pimp, play (on or upon), use, workWords Related to abuse jerk around, manipulate, mistreat; bleed, cheat, fleece, overcharge, skin, soak, stick; commercialize, commodify


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