English dictionary



Hint: Wildcards can be used multiple times in a query.

English noun: abuse

1. abuse (act) cruel or inhumane treatment


SamplesThe child showed signs of physical abuse.


Synonymsill-treatment, ill-usage, maltreatment


Broader (hypernym)mistreatment


Narrower (hyponym)child abuse, child neglect, cruelty, inhuman treatment, persecution

2. abuse (communication) a rude expression intended to offend or hurt


SamplesWhen a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse.
They yelled insults at the visiting team.


Synonymscontumely, insult, revilement, vilification


Broader (hypernym)discourtesy, disrespect


Narrower (hyponym)billingsgate, cut, invective, low blow, scurrility, stinger, vitriol, vituperation

3. abuse (act) improper or excessive use


SamplesAlcohol abuse.
The abuse of public funds.


Synonymsmisuse


Broader (hypernym)employment, exercise, usage, use, utilisation, utilization


Narrower (hyponym)drug abuse, habit, substance abuse


English verb: abuse

1. abuse (social) treat badly


SamplesThis boss abuses his workers.
She is always stepping on others to get ahead.


ExamplesThey want to abuse the prisoners


Synonymsill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, mistreat, step


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)do by, handle, treat


Narrower (hyponym)kick around

2. abuse (change) change the inherent purpose or function of something


SamplesDon't abuse the system.
The director of the factory misused the funds intended for the health care of his workers.


Synonymsmisuse, pervert


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)expend, use


Narrower (hyponym)fracture, take in vain

3. abuse (communication) use foul or abusive language towards


SamplesThe actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket.
The angry mother shouted at the teacher.


Synonymsblackguard, clapperclaw, shout


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)assail, assault, attack, lash out, round, snipe


Narrower (hyponym)curse, rail, revile, slang, vilify, vituperate

4. abuse (change) use wrongly or improperly or excessively


SamplesHer husband often abuses alcohol.
While she was pregnant, she abused drugs.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)expend, use









Based on WordNet 3.0 copyright © Princeton University.
Web design: Orcapia v/Per Bang. English edition: .
2017 onlineordbog.dk