Definition of abuse


  • cruel or inhumane treatment; "the child showed signs of physical abuse". Synonyms: ill-treatment, ill-usage, maltreatment.
  • a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse", "they yelled insults at the visiting team". Synonyms: contumely, insult, revilement, vilification.
  • improper or excessive use; "alcohol abuse", "the abuse of public funds". Synonyms: misuse.


  • treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers", "She is always stepping on others to get ahead". Synonyms: ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, mistreat, step.
  • change the inherent purpose or function of something; "Don't abuse the system", "The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers". Synonyms: misuse, pervert.
  • use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket", "The angry mother shouted at the teacher". Synonyms: blackguard, clapperclaw, shout.
  • use wrongly or improperly or excessively; "Her husband often abuses alcohol", "while she was pregnant, she abused drugs".

Related words

billingsgate, cruelty, curse, cut, fracture, habit, invective, persecution, rail, revile, scurrility, slang, stinger, vilify, vitriol, vituperate, vituperation.

Words nearby abuse

abase, abused, abuser, amuse.

Rhymes with abuse

aarhus, abstruse, bruce, caboose, chartreuse, deduce, deuce, diffuse, disabuse, disuse, duce, excuse, goose, induce, introduce, introduce, juice, loose, luce, misuse.

Start with abuse

abuser, abuses, abused, abusers.

End with abuse

disabuse, antiabuse.

More information about abuse

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • abuse is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 7 points
  • abuse is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 7 points
  • abuse is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 9 points
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