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Translation of abuse in Spanish:


American English: /əˈbjus/
British English: /əˈbjuːs/
  • 1 uncountable (insulting language)
    insultos (masculine plural)
    improperios (masculine plural)
    she was subjected to verbal abuse
    la insultaron
    to shout abuse at somebody
    insultar a alguien
    lanzar improperios contra alguien
    a stream of abuse a term of abuse
    un insulto or una grosería
    Example sentences
    • My use of ‘Yanks’ recently triggered a barrage of criticism from readers suggesting the word was a term of abuse.
    • These complaints were not the normal tirade of abuse and insults we receive but seemed genuine.
    • There are no prizes for guessing what value he places on each: bourgeois is always a term of abuse, revolutionary almost always a term of approbation.
  • 2 countable and uncountable
    (of prisoners) vejación (feminine)
    to be open to abuse
    prestarse al abuso
    drug abuse
    consumo (masculine) de drogas
    consumo (masculine) de estupefacientes [formal]
    Example sentences
    • This is, as I like to point out, an abuse of history.
    • He claimed the action ‘flew in the face’ of public tendering procedures set out by the Government, and was an abuse of public funds.
    • He said this was an abuse of public monies and the fact there was no contribution from the business community was ‘grossly unfair.’
    Example sentences
    • At worst, Spencer resorted to cruel and violent physical abuse.
    • A pilot study by the police force and the SSPCA in 2000 identified for the first time clear links between animal cruelty and domestic abuse.
    • Last year a training programme was established in the state of Nevada to teach hairdressers to spot the signs of physical abuse and to ask the appropriate questions.
    Example sentences
    • Behaviour like assault, sexual abuse, and rape.
    • Sexual abuse or assault is experienced by more than two in five women and almost three out of 10 men, the report said.
    • The community has a role in terms of prevention of sexual abuse and assault.

transitive verb

American English: /əˈbjuz/
British English: /əˈbjuːz/
  • 1 1.1 (use wrongly)
    abusar de
    Example sentences
    • In the election of 2000, the party in effect abused the judicial power to seize the presidency for itself, and this time the attempt succeeded.
    • He is already facing impeachment over claims that he misused public money and abused his office since coming to power a year ago.
    • That does not make sense, that is not logical, and the judge has abused his powers.
    Example sentences
    • I do all the housework; I practically serve you while you lie around and insult and abuse me.
    • But in the post-match press conference, he accused Inter's players of verbally abusing him.
    • Their sole purpose in being at the Old Head is to disrupt our business by intimidating, insulting and abusing our guests who come from all over the world.
    1.2 (child/woman)
    (sexually) abusar de
    many children had been sexually abused
    muchos niños habían sufrido abusos deshonestos
    Example sentences
    • A council worker is facing prison after being convicted of sexually abusing a young girl 30 years ago.
    • A company director who sexually abused a young girl for six years has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.
    • A pensioner who sexually abused young girls has walked free from court - because he is too old and frail to go to jail.
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