abused

The Correct spelling is: abused

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  • tr.v., a·bused, a·bus·ing, a·bus·es.
    1. To use wrongly or improperly; misuse: abuse alcohol; abuse a privilege.
    2. To hurt or injure by maltreatment; ill-use.
    3. To force sexual activity on; rape or molest.
    4. To assail with contemptuous, coarse, or insulting words; revile.
    5. Obsolete. To deceive or trick.
    n. (ə-byūs')
    1. Improper use or handling; misuse: abuse of authority; drug abuse.
    2. Physical maltreatment: spousal abuse.
    3. Sexual abuse.
    4. An unjust or wrongful practice: a government that commits abuses against its citizens.
    5. Insulting or coarse language: verbal abuse.
    idiom:

    abuse oneself Vulgar.

    1. To masturbate.

    [Middle English abusen, from Old French abuser, from abus, improper use, from Latin abūsus, past participle of abūtī, to misuse : ab-, away; see ab–1 + ūtī, to use.]

    abuser a·bus'er n.

    SYNONYMS  abuse, misuse, mistreat, ill-treat, maltreat. These verbs mean to treat wrongfully or harmfully. Abuse applies to injurious or improper treatment: “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us” (Aldo Leopold). Misuse stresses incorrect or unknowledgeable handling: “How often misused words generate misleading thoughts” (Herbert Spencer). Mistreat, ill-treat, and maltreat all share the sense of inflicting injury, often intentionally: “I had seen many more patients die from being mistreated for consumption than from consumption itself” (Earl of Lytton). The army had orders not to ill-treat the prisoners. “When we misuse [a language other than our native language], we are in fact trying to reduce its element of foreignness. We let ourselves maltreat it as though it naturally belonged to us” (Manchester Guardian Weekly).


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