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Abuse appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • To last so, Claire, abuse on a canoe – subaerial – costs a lot.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun abuse:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb abuse:

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Definition of the noun abuse

What does abuse mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: abuses

  1. cruel or inhumane treatment
  2. a rude expression intended to offend or hurt
  3. improper or excessive use

Alternative definition of the noun abuse


  1. Improper treatment or usage; application to a wrong or bad purpose; misuse; perversion. [definition from 15th c]
  2. Physical or verbal maltreatment; injury.
  3. Forcing of undesired sexual activity by one person on another
  4. An unjust, corrupt or wrongful practice or custom; offense; crime; fault.
  5. Coarse, insulting speech; abusive language.

Specialised definition of the noun abuse

Glossary of sports

the harmful use of drugs or alcohol; to use something in an improper, illegal or harmful way (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb abuse

What does abuse mean as a doing word?

Abuse is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: abused | abusing | abuses

  1. treat badly
  2. change the inherent purpose or function of something
    • example: Don't abuse the system
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of abuse: misuse / pervert
    • more generic words: expend / use = use up, consume fully
    • more specific terms:
  3. use foul or abusive language towards
  4. use wrongly or improperly or excessively
    • examples: Her husband often abuses alcohol | while she was pregnant, she abused drugs
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: expend / use = use up, consume fully


"Abuse" is a run and gun video game developed by Crack dot Com and published by Electronic Arts in North America and Origin Systems in Europe. It was released on February 29, 1996 for DOS. A Mac OS port of the game was published by Bungie and released on March 5, 1997. In 2009 it was ported to AmigaOS 4. It has also been ported to the iPhone/iPod Touch platform. The game's source code, along with some of the Shareware content, has been in the public domain since the late 1990s. It has also been ported to Linux as a freeware.

  • also known as Them, Alien Abuse, Abuse Classic
  • mode: Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game
  • developer: Crack dot Com
  • genres: Run and gun, Shoot 'em up, Shooter game, Action game
  • publishers: Electronic Arts, Red Hat Software, Bungie, Origin Systems
  • released on (18 years ago)


"Abuse" is a 1983 drama film directed by Arthur J. Bressan Jr.


  1. "Abuse" is a musical album of Wormrot.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  2. "Abuse" is a musical EP of Earthmover.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  3. "Abuse" is a musical EP of Fuck, The Retarded Girl.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  4. "Abuse" is a musical single of Anne Clark.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  5. "Abuse" is a musical album of Ex.
  6. "Abuse" is a composition.


  1. Abuse is a musical group.
    • members:
    • albums: "4th Floor Sinking EP", "Sleepfields", "The Great Outdoors", "Live at Akropolis Prague 160104"
  2. Abuse is a musical group.
    • albums: "A Sunday Morning Killing Spree", "Like a Virgin"

There are other groups with in their name, like B-Abuse, Clam Abuse, Mind Abuse, Self Abuse, self-abuse, Child abuse, Trend Abuse, Racial Abuse, Ritual Abuse, Use to Abuse, Verbal abuse, Fairytale Abuse and Substance Abuse.


  1. Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of an entity, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, assault, violation, rape, unjust practices; crimes, or other types of aggression.
  2. abuse a.k.a. Violation: Violation: can mean"to steal strength".

Phrases with Abuse

Phrases starting with the word Abuse:

  1. Abuse of process
  2. Abuse of Distress
  3. Abuse of Discretion

Phrases ending with the word Abuse:

  1. drug abuse
  2. self-abuse
  3. child abuse
  4. carnal abuse
  5. Racket Abuse
  6. Ritual Abuse
  7. sexual abuse
  8. alcohol abuse
  9. drug of abuse
  10. Solvent Abuse
  11. alcoholic abuse
  12. substance abuse
  13. alcoholism abuse
  14. Satanic ritual abuse

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Abuse

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Google previewPunishment (2012)

by Thom Brooks

Domestic abuse is a distinctive set of crimes with victims to whom offenders owe special duties. There is perhaps nothing intrinsically 'domestic' about domestic abuse. Part of its distinctiveness is that it is about the violation of special duties we ...

Google previewHealth and Physical Assessment in Nursing (2016)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Child abuse Child abuse is the physical or psychological/emotional mistreatment of children.

Google previewOffice Care Geriatrics (2006)

by Thomas C. Rosenthal, Mark E. Williams, Bruce J. Naughton

CLINICAL PEARLS m Elder abuse is a hidden public health issue. m Elder abuse results in increased mortality rates and...

Google previewSynopsis of Pediatric Emergency Medicine (2002)

by Gary Robert Fleisher, Stephen Ludwig, Benjamin K. Silverman

Child abuse is the single diagnostic term used to describe a range of behaviors from somewhat harsh discipline to intentional repetitive torture. This phenomenon...

Google previewThe Sufi Lighthouse (2009)

Illuminating Spiritual Abuse by Bill Whitehouse

Spiritual abuse is any interaction which seeks to: compel -- whether through force , pressure, intimidation, emotional blackmail/duress, or other methods of covert control -- another human being to believe or act in certain ways. At the heart of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Psychology and Law (2007)

by Brian L. Cutler

Although elder abuse is a pervasive and growing problem, much about this topic remains unknown, and inconsistency in...

Elder abuse is the umbrella term used to refer to any act that causes harm or risk of harm to a vulnerable adult.

Google previewThe Long Journey Home (2011)

Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused by Andrew J. Schmutzer

Child sexual abuse is the exploitation ofa minorfor the sexual gratification of another person through sexual contact or...

Google previewCourts and Criminal Justice in America (2015)

Sociology, Criminology by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Abuse: Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of an entity, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit.

Google previewVictimology: Theories and Applications (2011)

by Ann Wolbert Burgess, Professor of Psychiatric Nursing William F Connell School of Nursing Boston College Ann Wolbert Burgess, Cheryl Regehr, Professor Faculty of Social Work and Faculty of Law Cheryl Regehr, PH.D., Albert R. Roberts

Further, the declaration states, “Elder abuse is the violation of human rights and a significant cause of injury...

This statement by the WHO underlines that elder abuse is a universal issue and is not limited to any one culture or country. Indeed ...

Google previewDiscover Sociology (2016)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Child abuse: Child abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child or children. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department for Children And Families ( DCF) ...

Google previewThe Developing Person Through Childhood and Adolescence Study Guide (2005)

by Richard O. Straub, Kathleen Stassen Berger

Sexual abuse is the use of an unconsenting person for one's own sexual pleasure, (p. 452) 16. Child sexual abuse is any erotic activity that arouses an adult and excites, shames, or confuses a child — even if the use does not involve physical ...

Google previewGeriatric Secrets (2004)

by Mary Ann Forciea, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Edna P. Schwab

Physical abuse is the infliction of bodily injury and may be manifested by lacerations, fractures, soft-tissue trauma, burns, or bruises. • Sexual abuse is any form of intimate sexual activity without consent. This includes sexual activity with those ...

Google previewThe A-Z Encyclopedia of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (2002)

by Thomas Nordegren

Abuse (drug, alcohol, chemical, substance, or psychoactive substance) A group of terms in wide use but of varying meaning. In DSM-IIIR, “psychoactive substance abuse is defined as “a maladaptive pattern of use indicated by continued use ...

Google previewPhilippine Law Dictionary

ABUSE OF POWER ABUSOS DESHONESTOS action clearly amounts to denial of justice, or is against conscience, reason, and evidence, it has "abused its discretion". The term "abuse of disretion" has same' meaning as imprudent exercise ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Medical Anthropology (2004)

Health and Illness in the World's Cultures Topics - Volume 1; Cultures - by Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember

Abuse. and. Neglect. Jill E. Korbin Cholera and other Water-Borne Diseases Linda M.Whiteford Anthropological Contributions to. Marshall, M. (Ed.). (1979). Beliefs, behaviors, and alcoholic beverages: A cross-cultural survey. Ann Arbor: ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Canadian Social Work (2009)

by Francis J. Turner

sexual abuse of children the 1984 survey a decade later, a Canadian social work researcher pointed out that customary...

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Quotes about Abuse

Research on child abuse suggests that religious beliefs can foster, encourage, and justify the abuse of children. When contempt for sex underlies teachings, this creates a breeding ground for abuse. (Mary Garden)
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Scrabble value of A1B3U1S1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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