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abuse British & World English

Use (something) to bad effect or for a bad purpose; misuse

abuse English Thesaurus

the judge abused his power by imposing the fines

child abuse British & World English

Physical maltreatment or sexual molestation of a child

drug abuse British & World English

The habitual taking of illegal drugs

self-abuse British & World English

Behaviour which causes damage or harm to oneself

alcohol abuse British & World English

The habitual excessive use of alcohol

racket abuse British & World English

Aggressive or unsportsmanlike behaviour by a player in which the racket is thrown or struck against something

ritual abuse British & World English

The alleged sexual abuse or murder of people, especially children, supposedly committed as part of satanic rituals

solvent abuse British & World English

The use of certain volatile organic solvents as intoxicants by inhalation, e.g. glue-sniffing

substance abuse British & World English

Overindulgence in or dependence on an addictive substance, especially alcohol or drugs

satanic abuse in ritual abuse British & World English

The alleged sexual abuse or murder of people, especially children, supposedly committed as part of satanic rituals


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