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Synonyms for abuse

Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

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

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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.
His temper might perhaps be a little soured by finding, like many others of his sex, that through some unaccountable bias in favour of beauty, he was the husband of a very silly woman,--but she knew that this kind of blunder was too common for any sensible man to be lastingly hurt by it.-- 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.
"Most cases of abuse could comprise sexual, physical as well as neglect and emotional abuses and some cases could have devastating outcomes such as difficulty in breathing and sleeping and waking up," the PEC Department assistant director Dr Khalid al-Sadi told journalists on the sidelines of a one-day symposium on 'Child Abuse and Neglect' held to sensitise HMC's healthcare and social workers.
The victims of past abuses (and their families) seem to have been forgotten once their input was documented for the Taskforce report.
I am just stuck on the concept of worshiping any aspect of a being that abuses. I think I can engage with any aspect of that God, but not through worship.
In addition, despite Senator Charles Grassley's (R-IA) highly publicized hearings on nursing home abuses, Crowley found no one to introduce his legislation in the U.S.
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).
"[Starr] was taking the kids out of my responsibility, but I couldn't say that he was doing anything wrong." 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.
Widespread abuses of women behind bars barely received notice until seven or eight years ago.
* 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.
"Recent changes in Soviet society have not extended to Soviet psychiatry," Semyon Gluzman, a Soviet psychiatrist imprisoned until recently for his efforts to expose abuses in his country's psychiatric system, told SCIENCE NEWS.
* The survey found accusations of abuses in all but sixteen of the 177 Latin-rite dioceses in the United States.
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.
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.