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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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. misuse(n)

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

  2. misuse(v)

    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. 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.

  2. John Wagner:

    There are ways where you can use it responsibly. And it can be a very powerful tool for us to use, but it also has the potential for misuse.

  3. Muslim Americans:

    Our enemy are these criminal killers who misuse a religion in order to recruit people and give them the training to go out and kill more people.

  4. New York:

    While the Sacklers continue to lowball victims and skirt a responsible settlement, we refuse to allow the family to misuse the courts in an effort to shield their financial misconduct. The limited number of documents provided to us so far underscore the necessity for compliance with every subpoena.

  5. Samsung Bioepis:

    We believe that AbbVie has been attempting to obstruct market entry of competing products by applying for a large number of overlapping patents around Humira, which could affect patient access to affordable medication, we believe competition should take place in the market, and not through such misuse of the patent system.


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