Adjective "abusing" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Use (something) to bad effect or for a bad purpose; misuse.
  1. 'Too many franchisors are able to abuse their market power and contractual obligations without any effective sanction under the current law.'
  2. 'Murphy said the judge had not abused the legal process, but should not have dealt with the case in the way he did.'
  3. 'That does not make sense, that is not logical, and the judge has abused his powers.'
  4. 'He is already facing impeachment over claims that he misused public money and abused his office since coming to power a year ago.'
  5. 'Before taking his own life, the gunman wrote that the judge had abused her judicial power in dismissing his medical malpractice case.'
  6. 'Parents are abusing the new guidelines to save money on childminding.'
  7. 'By abusing people's willingness to respond to emergencies, you make them less likely to respond to them at all.'
  8. 'He abused his position of power to engage in a 3-year affair with a married woman, possibly having a baby with her.'
  9. 'The judge said Vetch had abused the trust of those who had given him a free hand to run their financial affairs.'
  10. 'He has grossly misused his position and abused his authority.'
  11. 'at various times in her life she abused both alcohol and drugs'
  12. 'A Columbia University survey shows teenage girls who date boys two or more years older are much likely to abuse drugs or alcohol.'
  13. 'She was working as a prostitute by age 15, and began abusing alcohol and drugs.'
  14. 'Maureen denied ever using illicit drugs or abusing alcohol.'
  15. 'Finally, an applicant should not abuse drugs or alcohol.'
  16. 'Now lets be quite clear on this, I think employers have a right to be protected from employees who abuse drugs and alcohol and who are unable to carry out their job properly.'
  17. 'Most had personality disorders or had abused drugs or alcohol.'
  18. 'Future research will need to include greater numbers of individuals who abuse drugs other than alcohol.'
  19. 'Patients who abuse alcohol and drugs are much more likely to develop medical problems than the general population.'
  20. 'Donna, who has been working with Castleton teenagers, told Castleton community forum that youths would be less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol if they had a shelter.'
  21. 'It is alleged that she has continued to abuse alcohol and drugs.'
Treat with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly.
  1. 'After being repeatedly abused, the boy escapes, but something inside him is damaged for life.'
  2. 'Hervey herself owns another 50 cats, many of which are injured or have been abused.'
  3. 'She was charged with stealing two dogs after she had repeatedly complained that the dogs were being abused.'
  4. 'The Rovers' barmaid is being emotionally abused in scenes that are repeated behind closed doors in homes in Greater Manchester and across the country.'
  5. 'The foundation has also helped a man, who has been regularly physically abused by his wife.'
  6. 'We believe that wasn't sufficient, that if people were in a situation where they were at risk of violence, or being abused, that they needed immediate help.'
  7. 'Asylum seekers can be incarcerated for years, treated like criminals and abused by staff, resulting in systematic health problems.'
  8. 'Home should be a safe place but some children are forced to watch their mother or father being regularly physically or verbally abused.'
  9. 'He deems all owners and jockeys to be bullies who ‘send injured horses to race and be abused by jockeys with whips.’'
  10. 'Does Claire Baron not realise that a large percentage of the animals under their care have been abused or cruelly treated?'
  11. 'he was a depraved man who had abused his two young daughters'
  12. 'He befriended the family of the girl, now aged nine, before systematically sexually abusing her over a three-year period from when she was aged about six up until two weeks before his arrest last November.'
  13. 'A man who sexually abused a young girl was today starting three years in jail.'
  14. 'A jury was today set to start considering whether a retired senior magistrate from North Yorkshire is guilty of repeatedly sexually abusing a young girl more than 20 years ago.'
  15. 'When a boy is sexually abused he suffers an assault on his body, his developing personality and on his manhood.'
  16. 'In a note, she also said she was sexually abused.'
  17. 'Reports accused the soldiers of sexually abusing her.'
  18. 'In responding to my question about the men in her life she let me know, quietly, that her father had sexually abused her as a child.'
  19. 'A company director who sexually abused a young girl for six years has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.'
  20. 'Yes, it's a fact that far more men than women sexually abuse children.'
  21. 'My theory is that he may have been sexually abusing her.'
  22. 'he had been abusing his body for years'
  23. 'The bible says that the body is sacred and cannot be abused.'
  24. 'This was because it had been repeatedly abused - the plastic inner doors had been kicked out of line.'
  25. 'The size of my body is proof that it's being abused.'
Speak to (someone) in an insulting and offensive way.
  1. 'We were still going along quite well, but he was just verbally abusing me.'
  2. 'No sooner was he ensconced than he was verbally abused by an irate customer who had taken umbrage because he (our reader) was not wearing socks.'
  3. 'Or Colin Montgomerie, for that matter, who is still seeking a major tournament, and has spoken about quitting the United States, because the crowds there keep abusing him.'
  4. 'I can understand the ref calling it off because he was abused.'
  5. 'As an American family living here, we have been repeatedly verbally abused.'
  6. '‘I have been verbally abused, spat on and threatened with violence on countless occasions,’ he says.'
  7. 'Women have been regularly verbally abused and even had stones thrown at them.'
  8. 'Even for the game against Dubnica last week, there were only about 1,000 fans and some of them were abusing us.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'It was great, except when it rained - or when we were abused by people in pubs.'


The improper use of something.
  1. count noun 'an abuse of public funds'
  2. 'That to me is an abuse of the overall parking system at Grattan Square and is one that needs to be clamped down on by the wardens in a vigorous and uncompromising way.'
  3. 'He claimed the action ‘flew in the face’ of public tendering procedures set out by the Government, and was an abuse of public funds.'
  4. 'That is totally unacceptable and an abuse of science.'
  5. 'In a letter to the committee, Mr Sherlock, who was not represented and did not attend, accepted that his behaviour was an abuse of trust and conduct unbecoming of a pharmacist.'
  6. 'This is clearly an abuse of the public airwaves, and I hope Americans rise up against these stations and take some action to stop this.'
  7. 'Counsel for the defence argued that it would be an abuse of process for the trial to go ahead, and one of its arguments was that jurors might discover the article on the Internet, and be severely prejudiced.'
  8. 'Without a detailed breakdown on how much was spent by each minister and official it is impossible to establish is there was an abuse of the system.'
  9. 'Pensioner Ann Quinlan, who lives at St Brendan's Terrace, described the situation as an abuse of civil rights.'
  10. 'It was not an abuse of his professional position, the GMC decided, to contact the unit, meet Mr Gardner and voice his concerns, or make the allegations at a time when he was suspended.'
  11. 'The move to introduce a penalty charge could be regarded as an abuse of their dominant position.'
  12. count noun 'human rights abuses'
  13. 'The report points out that many doctors are engaging in such practices despite a well-publicized crackdown on insurance fraud and abuse.'
  14. 'It enforces rules intended to reduce fraud and abuse.'
  15. 'The massive corporate wave of crime, fraud and abuse rolls on, is undeterred by regular exposes in the business media itself.'
  16. 'While challenging systems of abuse and corruption, community and national leaders only counter with… more systems.'
  17. 'There is a lot of abuse, robbery, corruption, crime and theft of our wealth.'
  18. 'Because as a federal civil servant, if you're witnessing abuse and corruption, particularly in the White House, where do you go?'
  19. 'Does it have a multi-faceted approach, including training, to fight fraud and abuse?'
  20. 'He was Russia's most renowned investigative reporter, specializing in abuse and corruption by a system that could produce little else.'
  21. 'The largest reason why women do not name the fathers of their children is not that they do not know who they are - they do - but that welfare fraud and welfare abuse is going on.'
  22. 'Benefit abuse and fraud are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.'
Cruel and violent treatment of a person or animal.
  1. 'She looked fit and healthy, she showed no signs of any physical abuse, and she was outwardly happy.'
  2. 'Jake would have recognized the signs of physical abuse.'
  3. 'Ministers say the law, which updates existing legislation, is needed to protect animals from abuse.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'She was held overnight for interrogation, denied food and drink, and subjected to physical abuse.'
  6. 'At worst, Spencer resorted to cruel and violent physical abuse.'
  7. 'She was revolted at all animal exploitation and abuse.'
  8. 'It is committed to peaceful campaigns against all forms of animal abuse and promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle.'
  9. 'Does witnessing animal abuse ever become routine?'
  10. 'A huge volume of research exists, which shows a strong correlation between substantial animal abuse in childhood and later personal violence to humans.'
  11. 'young people who have suffered sexual abuse'
  12. 'He was convicted of 15 charges - some of them specimen offences - of indecent assault and more serious sexual abuse.'
  13. 'He suffered sexual abuse until he was 11, then when he was 13 he discovered the person he had called dad all his life was no blood relation.'
  14. 'And ‘gay men were six times more likely to suffer adult sexual abuse or rape’'
  15. 'The rest of the participants reported no history of sexual abuse or assault.'
  16. 'Sexual abuse or assault is experienced by more than two in five women and almost three out of 10 men, the report said.'
  17. 'I also knew my military exemption was due to expire, and I would be forced to join the army, where gay conscripts suffer violent and sexual abuse.'
  18. 'The play draws a connection between this shame and cultural silence about rape and sexual abuse.'
  19. 'More young women are becoming victims of sexual abuse and assault each day.'
  20. 'The centre was founded back in 1984 at a time when there was great resistance in society to the fact that rape and sexual abuse were a reality for many.'
  21. 'Behaviour like assault, sexual abuse, and rape.'
Insulting and offensive language.
  1. 'We tend to forget pop itself was once a term of abuse and these worthies were as close to the cutting edge as it was possible to get.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'These complaints were not the normal tirade of abuse and insults we receive but seemed genuine.'
  4. 'The incident happened at about 2.35 am when a group of drunks began hurling abuse at a handful of firefighters.'
  5. 'Yobs have thrown eggs and stones at the new library in Brewery Street while hurling abuse at readers.'
  6. 'Two weeks ago, we reported how hordes of rowdy teenagers were congregating in the library entrance hall, causing mayhem and hurling abuse at users.'
  7. 'A group of 20 teenagers went on a Halloween rampage in Hockley, smashing windows, tearing down fences and hurling abuse at homeowners.'
  8. 'The sight of grown men hurling abuse at someone who had voluntarily given up a Saturday morning to referee a kids match is truly disheartening for everyone involved.'
  9. 'Now imagine all these fans hurling abuse at you.'
  10. 'Since then, we have regularly been subjected to abuse and threats have been made to kill us.'

More definitions

1. to use wrongly or improperly; misuse: to abuse one's authority.

2. to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way: to abuse a horse; to abuse one's eyesight.

3. to speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about; revile; malign.

4. to commit sexual assault upon.

5. Obsolete. to deceive or mislead. noun

6. wrong or improper use; misuse: the abuse of privileges.

7. harshly or coarsely insulting language: The officer heaped a

More examples(as adjective)

"children can be abusing."

"rights can be abusing."

"youngsters can be abusing."

"trainees can be abusing."

"referees can be abusing."

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(abuse)Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin abus- ‘misused’, from the verb abuti, from ab- ‘away’ (i.e. ‘wrongly’) + uti ‘to use’.