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Synonyms for abuse

Synonyms for abuse

to use wrongly and improperly

to take advantage of unfairly

to hurt or injure by maltreatment

to attack with harsh, often insulting language

Synonyms for abuse

change the inherent purpose or function of something

use wrongly or improperly or excessively

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I shall not deny, that there is a degree of weight in the observation, that the interests of each State, to be represented in the federal councils, will be a security against the abuse of a power over its elections in the hands of the State legislatures.
And this jealousy Sophia seldom failed of heightening on these occasions; for he was not contented with violating her ears with the abuse of her mother, but endeavoured to force an explicit approbation of all this abuse; with which desire he never could prevail upon her by any promise or threats to comply.
It was rather a wish of distinction, she believed, which produced his contemptuous treatment of every body, and his general abuse of every thing before him.
Since then, officials have reduced county workers' compensation abuses from $324 million in 2003-04 to $263 million last fiscal year.
The survey found accusations of abuses in all but sixteen of the 177 Latin-rite dioceses in the United States.
The parental abuses consist of: unrealistic expectations of the child's behavior, repeated name calling (no good, rotten, ugly, stupid, crazy), and deliberate humiliation in front of others (teachers, siblings, relatives, friends).
I talked to self-described survivors who had only recently remembered their past abuses, as well as those who had retracted their memories and numerous bewildered family members.
People like Bitternose were youngsters themselves at the time abuses took place and were simply too scared or confused to step forward and say what they heard, saw or suspected.
The proposed regulations do not properly balance taxpayers' need for meaningful guidance with the tax administrator's desire to prevent abuses by over-formalistic transactions.
Twenty-six (26) survivors of childhood clergy sexual abuse are included in this settlement, which includes abuses beginning in the late 1960's and continuing into the early 1990's, during Cardinal Egan's tenure as Bishop with the Diocese.
Others said the anticipated lawsuits, unpleasant as they may be, would force church authorities to account for past abuses and ensure that no one is victimized again.
3) focus on the root cause of the vast majority of the abuses referred to by one writer as "the elephant in the sacristy," namely homosexual activity.
Legislation exists in most states to limit abuse against doctors who serve as hospital residents, and while such legislation has not eliminated all abuses, it has addressed some of the worst mistreatment which was once a fact of daily life.
He said he created the office's Domestic Violence Division, which investigates physical and sexual abuses against children.