Abuse

All possible synonyms of the word Abuse as well as its hypernyms, hyponyms, antonyms, derivations, entailments, meronyms, pertainyms, domain members, similar words, verb groups, and so on...

Misuse, abuse

Definition

  • improper or excessive use; "alcohol abuse"; "the abuse of public funds"

Synonyms

  • misuse
  • abuse

Hypernyms

  • use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise: the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"

Hyponyms

  • substance abuse, drug abuse, habit: excessive use of drugs

Abuse, insult, revilement, contumely, vilification

Definition

  • a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse"; "they yelled insults at the visiting team"

Synonyms

  • abuse
  • insult
  • revilement
  • contumely
  • vilification

Hypernyms

  • disrespect, discourtesy: an expression of lack of respect

Hyponyms

  • low blow: unscrupulous abuse
  • scurrility, billingsgate: foul-mouthed or obscene abuse
  • stinger, cut: a remark capable of wounding mentally; "the unkindest cut of all"
  • vituperation, invective, vitriol: abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will

Maltreatment, ill-treatment, ill-usage, abuse

Definition

  • cruel or inhumane treatment; "the child showed signs of physical abuse"

Synonyms

  • maltreatment
  • ill-treatment
  • ill-usage
  • abuse

Hypernyms

  • mistreatment: the practice of treating (someone or something) badly; "he should be punished for his mistreatment of his mother"

Hyponyms

  • child abuse: the physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children
  • child neglect: failure of caretakers to provide adequate emotional and physical care for a child
  • persecution: the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)
  • cruelty, inhuman treatment: a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering

Abuse

Definition

  • use wrongly or improperly or excessively; "Her husband often abuses alcohol"; "while she was pregnant, she abused drugs"

Synonyms

  • abuse

Hypernyms

  • use, expend: use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions"

Abuse, clapperclaw, blackguard, shout

Definition

  • use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"

Synonyms

  • abuse
  • clapperclaw
  • blackguard
  • shout

Hypernyms

  • attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assault: attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"

Hyponyms

  • slang: abuse with coarse language
  • vilify, revile, vituperate, rail: spread negative information about; "The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"
  • curse: heap obscenities upon; "The taxi driver who felt he didn't get a high enough tip cursed the passenger"

Pervert, misuse, abuse

Definition

  • change the inherent purpose or function of something; "Don't abuse the system"; "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers"

Synonyms

  • pervert
  • misuse
  • abuse

Hypernyms

  • use, expend: use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions"

Hyponyms

  • fracture: violate or abuse; "This writer really fractures the language"
  • take in vain: use a name, such as God, without proper respect

Mistreat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, step, ill-treat

Definition

  • treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"

Synonyms

  • mistreat
  • maltreat
  • abuse
  • ill-use
  • step
  • ill-treat

Hypernyms

  • treat, handle, do by: interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"

Hyponyms

  • kick around: treat badly; abuse; "They won't have me to kick around any more!"

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