What are some alternative words for abuse?

Synonyms for abuse
əˈbyuz; əˈbyus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. maltreatment, ill-treatment, ill-usage, abuse(noun)

    cruel or inhumane treatment

    "the child showed signs of physical abuse"

    Synonyms:
    ill-treatment, contumely, vilification, insult, revilement, ill-usage, misuse, maltreatment

  2. abuse, insult, revilement, contumely, vilification(noun)

    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:
    smear, ill-treatment, malignment, contumely, vilification, insult, revilement, ill-usage, misuse, affront, maltreatment

  3. misuse, abuse(verb)

    improper or excessive use

    "alcohol abuse"; "the abuse of public funds"

    Synonyms:
    ill-treatment, contumely, vilification, insult, revilement, ill-usage, misuse, maltreatment

  4. mistreat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, step, ill-treat(verb)

    treat badly

    "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"

    Synonyms:
    pervert, maltreat, blackguard, step, tread, pace, clapperclaw, misuse, shout, mistreat, ill-use, ill-treat

  5. pervert, misuse, abuse(verb)

    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:
    sophisticate, pervert, shout, vitiate, deprave, debauch, twist, ill-use, blackguard, twist around, subvert, misapply, profane, step, corrupt, debase, misdirect, demoralise, convolute, maltreat, misuse, demoralize, clapperclaw, ill-treat, mistreat

  6. abuse, clapperclaw, blackguard, shout(verb)

    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:
    hollo, guy, cry out, pervert, shout, clapperclaw, ill-use, blackguard, roast, make fun, shout out, call out, rib, step, mistreat, holler, yell, call, poke fun, jest at, maltreat, misuse, cry, squall, ridicule, outcry, exclaim, ill-treat, scream, laugh at

  7. abuse(verb)

    use wrongly or improperly or excessively

    "Her husband often abuses alcohol"; "while she was pregnant, she abused drugs"

    Synonyms:
    pervert, maltreat, blackguard, clapperclaw, mistreat, misuse, shout, step, ill-use, ill-treat

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. abuse

    Abuse covers all unreasonable or improper use or treatment by word or act. A tenant does not abuse rented property by "reasonable wear," though that may damage the property and injure its sale; he may abuse it by needless defacement or neglect. It is possible to abuse a man without harming him, as when the criminal vituperates the judge; or to harm a man without abusing him, as when the witness tells the truth about the criminal. Defame, malign, rail at, revile, slander, vilify, and vituperate are used always in a bad sense. One may be justly reproached. To impose on or to victimize one is to injure him by abusing his confidence. To persecute one is to ill-treat him for opinion's sake, commonly for religious belief; to oppress is generally for political or pecuniary motives. "Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy," Deut. xxiv, 14. Misemploy, misuse, and pervert are commonly applied to objects rather than to persons. A dissolute youth misemploys his time, misuses his money and opportunities, harms his associates, perverts his talents, wrongs his parents, ruins himself, abuses every good gift of God.

    Synonyms:
    aggrieve, damage, defame, defile, disparage, harm, ill-treat, ill-use, impose on, impose upon, injure, malign, maltreat, misemploy, misuse, molest, oppress, persecute, pervert, prostitute, rail at, ravish, reproach, revile, ruin, slander, victimize, vilify, violate, vituperate, wrong

    Antonyms:
    applaud, benefit, care for, cherish, conserve, consider, eulogize, extol, favor, laud, panegyrize, praise, protect, regard, respect, shield, sustain, tend, uphold, vindicate

Editors Contribution

  1. oppobrium

    public disgrace arising from shameful conduct

    the opprbrium of being closely associated with gangsters.

    Submitted by rinat on November 1, 2015  

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How to use abuse in a sentence?

  1. Nicolle Rochelle:

    The protest wasn’t about me knowing him, but there’s a part of me that feels betrayed because I can understand what the victims were feeling. Like, that could have been me, I could’ve undergone the abuse as well.

  2. Melania Trump:

    I have traveled to some of the areas hardest hit by drug abuse and I have seen the devastating effects that this crisis has on families and children.

  3. Deb Gardner:

    I think our statement really came from the fact that what has happened historically is victims are dismissed, and we need to make a shift in our culture, so abuse stops.

  4. Ravi Verma:

    If today's boys are taught to question gender abuse now, they are less likely to be violent when they become men tomorrow, and if girls are taught to speak out now, they will be less likely to endure it as adults.

  5. Adam Schiff:

    I do not take a position on the proper prison term for Mr. Stone, but it would be a blatant abuse of power if President Trump has in fact intervened to reverse the recommendations of career prosecutors at the Department of Justice, doing so would send an unmistakable message that President Trump will protect those who lie to Congress to cover up his own misconduct, and that the attorney general will join him in that effort.


Translations for abuse

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  • إساءةArabic
  • оскърбление, злоупотребявам, изнасилвам, злоупотреба, обида, обиждам, оскърбявамBulgarian
  • zneužitíCzech
  • misbrug, mishandling, seksuelt misbrug, misbruge, krænke, vanrøgt, mishandleDanish
  • Missbrauch, Mißbrauch, missbrauchen, Schmähung, Beleidigung, beleidigen, Mißhandlung, vergewaltigen, Beschimpfung, beschimpfen, MisshandlungGerman
  • βρισιές, κακομεταχείριση, κατάχρησηGreek
  • abuso, abuso sexualSpanish
  • دشنامPersian
  • solvata, väärinkäyttää, raiskata, käyttää hyväksi, väärinkäyttö, solvaus, herjaus, väärinkäytös, pahoinpitely, hyväksikäyttö, pahoinpidellä, herjataFinnish
  • abus, viol, abuserFrench
  • càineadh, trod, cronachadhScottish Gaelic
  • abusoGalician
  • השתלחות, התעלל, השתלח, ניצול לרעה, התעללות, תקיפה מינית, ניצל לרעהHebrew
  • बुरा भला कहना, दुरूपयोग, अपशब्द, गाली देनाHindi
  • abuso, abuso sessuale, violenza carnale, violentare, violenza, abusareItalian
  • 侮辱, 濫用, ののしる, 性的虐待, 酷使, 虐待Japanese
  • ನಿಂದನೆKannada
  • 학대Korean
  • abūsiō, probrum, obloquor, abūtorLatin
  • abuséierenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • įžeidinėtiLithuanian
  • lamātLatvian
  • abbużMaltese
  • misbrukNorwegian
  • verkrachten, beschimpingen, beschimpen, uitschelden, misbruiken, onteren, mishandelen, misbruik, mishandelingDutch
  • misbrukNorwegian Nynorsk
  • misbruk, utskjelling, voldtekt, mishandle, mishandling, misbruke, skjelle ut, voldtaNorwegian
  • atéʼélʼíNavajo, Navaho
  • nadużycie, znęcanie się, molestowaniePolish
  • ultrajar, afrontar, abusar, enganar, abuso, ofender, insultarPortuguese
  • abuzRomanian
  • злоупотребление, брань, злоупотреблять, злоупотребить, истязание, нападки, оскорблять, оскорбить, ругать, материть, изнасиловать, оскорбление, ругань, издевательство, издеваться, насилие, обижать, обидеть, обругать, обматерить, насиловатьRussian
  • злоупотреба, злостављање, zlostavljanje, злоупотребити, zlostavljati, zloupotreba, zloupotrebiti, злостављатиSerbo-Croatian
  • misshandel, missbruka, misshandla, missbrukSwedish
  • abuso, panggagahasa, pagmamalupitTagalog
  • migeb, nofön, lunofön, migebön, slanön, lenofönVolapük

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