Synonyms of abuse in English:

abuse

verb

  • 1 the judge abused his power by imposing the fines
    misuse, misapply, misemploy, mishandle; exploit, pervert, take advantage of
  • 2 he was accused of abusing children
    mistreat, maltreat, ill-treat, treat badly, ill-use, misuse; handle/treat roughly, knock about/around, manhandle, mishandle, maul, molest, interfere with, indecently assault, sexually abuse, sexually assault, grope, assault, hit, strike, beat; injure, hurt, harm, damage; wrong, bully, persecute, oppress, torture
    [Antonyms] look after
  • 3 the referee was abused by players from both teams
    insult, be rude to, swear at, curse, call someone names, taunt, shout at, scold, rebuke, upbraid, reprove, castigate, inveigh against, impugn, slur, revile, smear, vilify, vituperate against, slander, libel, cast aspersions on, offend, slight, disparage, denigrate, defame
    British informal slag off
    North American informal trash-talk
    archaic miscall
    [Antonyms] compliment flatter
  • noun

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  • 1 this law is not going to stop the abuse of power
    misuse, misapplication, misemployment, mishandling; exploitation, perversion
  • 2 the abuse of children is a major social problem
    mistreatment, maltreatment, ill treatment, ill use, misuse; rough treatment, manhandling, mishandling, molestation, interference, indecent assault, sexual abuse, sexual assault, assaulting, hitting, striking, beating; injury, hurt, harm, damage; wronging, bullying, persecution, oppression, torture
    [Antonyms] care
  • 3 the scheme is open to political control and administrative abuse
    corruption, injustice, wrongdoing, wrong, misconduct, delinquency, misdeed(s), offence(s), crime, fault, sin
  • 4 torrents of abuse
    insults, curses, jibes, slurs, expletives, swear words; swearing, cursing, name-calling, scolding; rebukes, upbraiding, reproval, invective, castigation, revilement, vilification, vituperation, slander, libel, slights, disparagement, denigration, defamation
    informal slanging, a slanging match, mud-slinging, disrespect
    British informal verbal(s)
    North American informal trash talk
    archaic contumely
    [Antonyms] compliments flattery
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