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abuse

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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

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1 to inflict physical or emotional harm upon

  • if you abuse your pet, he will always have an ugly disposition
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take apart

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2 to criticize harshly and usually publicly

  • a demanding, difficult patient who constantly abuses the nurses and aides
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beat up on, light into, sail into, tie into

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3 to put to a bad or improper use

  • if you abuse your baseball bat by using it to hammer nails, donʼt expect it to last long
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4 to take unfair advantage of

  • abused his parentsʼ trust, pilfering small amounts from them that he hoped they wouldnʼt notice
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trade on, walk on


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