Thesaurus

misuse

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of misuse

  1. incorrect or improper use the warranty for this dryer is null and void if you subject the product to deliberate misuse Synonyms abuse, misapplication, misemployment, misusage, misutilization, perversion Related Words mishandling, mismanagement, mismanaging; ill-treatment, ill-usage, maltreatment, mistreatment; damage, destruction, ruin, spoiling, wrecking; corruption, debasement, desecration, profanation, prostitution Near Antonyms application, employment, use, utilization


misuse

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of misuse

  1. 1 to put to a bad or improper use an actor who misused his considerable talent by appearing in too many lousy movies Synonyms abuse, misemploy, misapply, pervert, profane, prostituteRelated Words degrade, twist; mismanage; corrupt, debase, desecrateNear Antonyms apply, employ, use, utilize; respect

  2. 2 to inflict physical or emotional harm upon sadly misused by the people he had trusted Synonyms brutalize, bully, ill-treat, ill-use, kick around, maltreat, manhandle, mess over [slang], mishandle, mistreat, abuseRelated Words molest, outrage, violate; harass, harm, hurt, injure, oppress, persecute, torment, torture; burn, sandbag, victimize, wrong; beat (up), mess (up), rough (up), work (over)Near Antonyms care (for), cherish, foster, nurture; baby, cater (to), coddle, favor, gratify, humor, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil


Learn More about misuse


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up misuse? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a confused struggle

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

July 2017 Words of the Day Quiz

  • alt-597a99e699d07
  • Which is a synonym of gauche?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!