A·buse v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abused p. pr. & vb. n. Abusing.]
1. To put to a wrong use; to misapply; to misuse; to put to a bad use; to use for a wrong purpose or end; to pervert; as, to abuse inherited gold; to make an excessive use of; as, to abuse one's authority.
This principle (if one may so abuse the word) shoots rapidly into popularity. --Froude.
2. To use ill; to maltreat; to act injuriously to; to punish or to tax excessively; to hurt; as, to abuse prisoners, to abuse one's powers, one's patience.
3. To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.
The . . . tellers of news abused the general. --Macaulay.
4. To dishonor. “Shall flight abuse your name?”
5. To violate; to ravish.
6. To deceive; to impose on. [Obs.]
Their eyes red and staring, cozened with a moist cloud, and abused by a double object. --Jer. Taylor.
Syn: -- To maltreat; injure; revile; reproach; vilify; vituperate; asperse; traduce; malign.
adj 1: used improperly or excessively especially drugs; "an abused
2: abused with language [ant: unabused]
3: physically abused; "an abused wife" [syn: ill-treated, maltreated,
mistreated] [ant: unabused]