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Abuse Noun Synonyms
misuse, misusage, misemployment, perversion, misapplication, misappropriation, Rhetoric catachresis
Beware of imitating his abuse of the language.

self-abuse, self-pollution, masturbation, violation, defilement, corruption
The schoolmasters consistently lectured the boys against any abuse of themselves.

revilement, reviling, execration, vituperation, malediction, imprecation, tongue-lashing, calumny, calumniation, vilification, obloquy, scurrility, invective, maligning, upbraiding, berating, objurgation, scolding, billingsgate
The two parties, after exchanging a good deal of abuse, came to blows.

maltreatment, ill-treatment, ill use, fault
It seemed perfectly natural that he should defend abuses by which he profited.

addiction, dependence
They are being treated for drug abuse at the local clinic.

Abuse Verb Synonyms
malign, revile, censure, upbraid, assail, objurgate, lambaste, berate, rebuke, scold, reproach, disparage, traduce, defame, insult, swear at, curse (at), calumniate, slander, libel, decry, deprecate, vilify, rail against
In the report the director was abused in the most virulent terms.

misuse, misemploy, pervert, misapply, exploit
The officer abused his authority in ordering the forced march at midnight.

maltreat, ill-use, injure, wrong, hurt, mistreat, manhandle, ill-treat, damage
I cannot stand by and watch that drunk abuse his wife and family.

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Abuse and Neglect

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Sexual Abuse

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Substance Abuse

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Sexual Abuse Symptomology

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Physical Abuse

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Mental Illness And Substance Abuse Limitations

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