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Synonyms for misuse
mɪsˈyus; -ˈyuz

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. misuse, abuse(verb)

    improper or excessive use

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

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

  2. misapply, misuse(verb)

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

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. misuse(n)

    Synonyms:
    abuse, perversion, prostitution

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. misuse(v. a.)

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

  2. misuse(v. a.)

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

  3. misuse(v. a.)

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

  4. misuse(n.)

    Synonyms:
    abuse, perversion, prostitution, profanation

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    abuse, diversion, misappropriation, embezzlement, abuses

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