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Synonyms of abuse in English:


  • 1 the judge abused his power by imposing the fines
    exploit, pervert, take advantage of
  • 2 he was accused of abusing children
    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
    informal beat up, rough up, do over
    [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
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  • 1 this law is not going to stop the abuse of power
    exploitation, perversion
  • 2 the abuse of children is a major social problem
    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
    swearing, cursing, name-calling, scolding;
    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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