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Synonyms of abuse in English:


  • 1 the judge abused his power
  • 2 he was accused of abusing children
    mistreat, maltreat, ill-treat, treat badly;
    molest, interfere with, indecently assault, sexually abuse, sexually assault;
    injure, hurt, harm, damage
    [Antonyms] look after, nurture
  • 3 the referee was abused by players from both teams
    insult, be rude to, swear at, curse, call someone names, taunt, shout at, revile, inveigh against, bawl out, vilify, slander, cast aspersions on
    informal badmouth, dis
    [Antonyms] compliment, flatter
  • noun

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  • 1 the abuse of power
  • 2 the abuse of children
    mistreatment, maltreatment, ill-treatment;
    molestation, interference, indecent assault, sexual abuse, sexual assault;
    injury, hurt, harm, damage
    [Antonyms] care, nurturing
  • 3 the scheme is open to administrative abuse
    corruption, injustice, wrongdoing, wrong, misconduct, misdeed(s), offense(s), crime(s), sin(s)
  • 4 torrents of abuse
    swearing, cursing, name-calling;
    informal trash talk
    archaic contumely
    [Antonyms] compliments, flattery
  • 5 alcohol abuse
    addiction, dependency, overuse, misuse, problems
  • Quote

    Abuse is the currency of all reality shows.
    Lynne Truss Talk to the Hand (2005)

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