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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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Students need to know that abusing prescription drugs is no different from abusing illegal drugs.
Brainstorm ways that your class could spread the word about the risks of abusing inhalants.
He was abused sexually, beaten and then strangled by Stuart Leggate, a known child abuser who had been let out of jail after serving a prison sentence for abusing another child.
Certainly, not every officer deals with stress and trauma by abusing chemicals, and not every officer who chooses to abuse chemicals does so to numb the effects of trauma.
Its report on the actual incidents and nature of clergy sexual abuse will detail the number of victims and the percentage of abusing priests, McChesney expects it to be completed by December.
In 1993, I published my post-shoan [1] theology entitled Facing the Abusing God: A Theology of Protest (Westminster John Knox).
For example, when such stress manifests itself in the form of one spouse physically abusing the other, the child also is likely to experience such physical abuse (Ross 1996).
In all, about 35,000 students are thought to have attended Anglican schools; and some of the individuals who stand accused of physically and emotionally abusing Native children are still alive, and named in the growing number of lawsuits.
Sexually Abused and Abusing Children in Substitute Care.
A couple of months later, the director was shocked to read in the newspaper that the young man who had worked at his camp that summer had been arrested for abusing and molesting two children he had been hired to watch in a "nanny" position for a local family.
Politicians who want to further reduce crime and the costs of incarceration would do well to take McCaffrey's political cover to convince citizens that treating and training substance abusing offenders is not coddling criminals; it is opening a second front in the war on crime for their own protection.
"Whether patients are abusing alcohol or illegal drugs in the community turns out to be one of the key distinctions."