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Synonyms for misuse
mɪsˈyus; -ˈyuzmis·use

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. misuse

    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:
    abuse, aggrieve, damage, defame, defile, disparage, harm, ill-treat, ill-use, impose on, impose upon, injure, malign, maltreat, misemploy, 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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. misusenoun

    Synonyms:
    abuse, perversion, prostitution

Princeton's WordNet

  1. misuse, abuseverb

    improper or excessive use

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

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

  2. misapply, misuseverb

    apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or incorrectly

    "The words are misapplied in this context"; "You are misapplying the name of this religious group"

    Synonyms:
    misapply, pervert, abuse

  3. pervert, misuse, abuseverb

    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, abuse, demoralize, clapperclaw, ill-treat, mistreat

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. misuseverb

    Synonyms:
    misemploy, misapply, desecrate, profane, pervert, put to a wrong use

  2. misuseverb

    Synonyms:
    abuse, maltreat, ill-treat, ill-use

  3. misuseverb

    Synonyms:
    waste, squander, fool away, fritter away, muddle away, spend foolishly

  4. misusenoun

    Synonyms:
    abuse, perversion, prostitution, profanation

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. misusenoun

    Synonyms:
    misapplication, prostitution, perversion, profanation, maltreatment, abuse

  2. misuseverb

    Synonyms:
    misapply, prostitute, pervert, profane, maltreat, abuse

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "misuse":

    abuse, diversion, misappropriation, embezzlement, abuses

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How to use misuse in a sentence?

  1. Amit Ray:

    The ethical AI systems must learn not discriminate and not to manipulate any one based on race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, genetic or medical information. Must understand its own misuse or misconduct limits and the recertification mechanisms.

  2. Kent Walker:

    Developers want to create applications that work across platforms, without fearing that companies will misuse copyright law to block interoperability, we look forward to the Court's decision.

  3. David Ryan Polgar:

    The solution is not going to be to ... cower in fear and just kind of unplug yourself from life, it's going to be more about saying, 'OK, this is an opportunity where I should be educated in how to use the technology.' Technology is not the problem. The problem is our misuse or lack of education behind it.

  4. Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma:

    We see this case as a gross misuse of the prison administrative system to punish someone for criticizing the president, the claim contains evidence that the decision to keep Mr. Avenatti under atrocious conditions was made at the highest level of government.

  5. The CEO:

    Encryption is a powerful tool for privacy, but that includes the privacy of people doing bad things, when billions of people use a service to connect, some of them are going to misuse it for truly terrible things like child exploitation, terrorism, and extortion.


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