abuse

All Noun Verb
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  • Child sexual abuse became a public issue in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Some of these are often thought of as being abused.
  • It is also revealed that he was abused by his parents.
  • A system which allowed people to enter their address without verification would be open to abuse.
  • Eight possible victims came forward saying they were abused, either by staff or other choir members.
  • We now speak of having a drug-abuse problem.
  • These new extended-release preparations also offer lower abuse potential.
  • He had been arrested in July and charged with child abuse.
  • She later left him after he abused her.
  • He soon began abusing her friends, threatening to kill them if they told anybody.
  • His disturbed imagination was the result of having heard his brother being abused when they were younger.
  • A working group dealing with human rights abuses has also been set up at the six-party talks.
  • He returns home where he witnesses his father abusing his mother.
  • She eventually joined the military, where she found more acceptance than she had felt at home as an abused child.
  • Other issues discussed during its existence include abuses within the Catholic Church.
  • About half of the women reported having been sexually abused as children.
  • Street children, often orphaned, are subject to abuse by the police and military.
  • The way his father abused his mother made an indelible impression on his young mind.
  • The exact cause of substance abuse is impossible to know because there is not just one direct cause.
  • Legal abuse refers to abuses associated with both civil and criminal legal action.
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Meaning of abuse

  • noun A rude expression intended to offend or hurt
    when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse, they yelled insults at the visiting team
  • verb Use foul or abusive language towards
    The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket, The angry mother shouted at the teacher
  • verb Use wrongly or improperly or excessively
    Her husband often abuses alcohol, while she was pregnant, she abused drugs