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ABU'SE, v.t. s as z. [L. abutor, abusus of ab and utor, to use; Gr. to accustom. See Use.]

1. To use ill; to maltreat; to misuse; to use with bad motives or to wrong purposes; as, to abuse rights or privileges.

They that use this world as not abusing it. 1Cor. vii.

2. To violate; to defile by improper sexual intercourse.

3. To deceive; to impose on.

Nor be with all these tempting words abused.

4. To treat rudely, or with reproachful language; to revile.

He mocked and abused them shamefully.

5. To pervert the meaning of; to misapply; as to abuse words.

ABU'SE, n. Ill use; improper treatment or employment; application to a wrong purpose; as an abuse of our natural powers; an abuse of civil rights, or of religious privileges; abuse of advantages, &c.

Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty, as well as by the abuses of power.

2. A corrupt practice or custom, as the abuses of government.

3. Rude speech; reproachful language addressed to a person; contumely; reviling words.

4. Seduction.

After the abuse he forsook me.

5. Perversion of meaning; improper use or application; as an abuse of words.



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ABU'SE, v.t. s as z. [L. abutor, abusus of ab and utor, to use; Gr. to accustom. See Use.]

1. To use ill; to maltreat; to misuse; to use with bad motives or to wrong purposes; as, to abuse rights or privileges.

They that use this world as not abusing it. 1Cor. vii.

2. To violate; to defile by improper sexual intercourse.

3. To deceive; to impose on.

Nor be with all these tempting words abused.

4. To treat rudely, or with reproachful language; to revile.

He mocked and abused them shamefully.

5. To pervert the meaning of; to misapply; as to abuse words.

ABU'SE, n. Ill use; improper treatment or employment; application to a wrong purpose; as an abuse of our natural powers; an abuse of civil rights, or of religious privileges; abuse of advantages, &c.

Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty, as well as by the abuses of power.

2. A corrupt practice or custom, as the abuses of government.

3. Rude speech; reproachful language addressed to a person; contumely; reviling words.

4. Seduction.

After the abuse he forsook me.

5. Perversion of meaning; improper use or application; as an abuse of words.

A-BUSE', n.

  1. Ill use; improper treatment or employment; application to a wrong purpose; as, an abuse of our natural powers an abuse of civil rights, or of religious privileges; abuse of advantages, &c. Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty, as well as by the abuses of power. – Federalist, Madison.
  2. A corrupt practice or custom; as, the abuses of government.
  3. Rude speech; reproachful language addressed to a person; contumely; reviling words. – Milton.
  4. Seduction. After the abuse he forsook me. – Sidney.
  5. Perversion of meaning; improper use or application; as, an abuse of words.

A-BUSE', v.t. [s as z; Fr. abuser; Sp. abusar; It. abusare; L. abator, abusus, of ab and utor, to use; Ir. idh; W. gweth, use; Gr. εθω; to accustom. See Use.]

  1. To use ill; to maltreat; to misuse; to use with bad motives or to wrong purposes; as, to abuse rights or privileges. They that use this world as not abusing it. – 1 Cor. vii.
  2. To violate; to defile by improper sexual intercourse. – Spenser.
  3. To deceive; to impose on. Nor be with all these tempting words abused. – Pope.
  4. To treat rudely, or with reproachful language; to revile. He mocked and abused them shamefully. – Mac.
  5. To pervert the meaning of; to misapply; as, to abuse words.

A*buse"
  1. To put to a wrong use; to misapply; to misuse; to put to a bad use; to use for a wrong purpose or end; to pervert; as, to abuse inherited gold; to make an excessive use of; as, to abuse one's authority.

    This principle (if one may so abuse the word) shoots rapidly into popularity.
    Froude.

  2. Improper treatment or use; application to a wrong or bad purpose; misuse; as, an abuse of our natural powers; an abuse of civil rights, or of privileges or advantages; an abuse of language.

    Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty, as well as by the abuses of power.
    Madison.

  3. To use ill; to maltreat; to act injuriously to; to punish or to tax excessively; to hurt; as, to abuse prisoners, to abuse one's powers, one's patience.
  4. Physical ill treatment; injury.

    "Rejoice . . . at the abuse of Falstaff." Shak.
  5. To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.

    The . . . tellers of news abused the general.
    Macaulay.

  6. A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service.

    Abuse after disappeared without a struggle..
    Macaulay.

  7. To dishonor.

    "Shall flight abuse your name?" Shak.
  8. Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling.

    The two parties, after exchanging a good deal of abuse, came to blows.
    Macaulay.

  9. To violate; to ravish.

    Spenser.
  10. Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child.

    [Obs.]

    Or is it some abuse, and no such thing?
    Shak.

    Abuse of distress (Law), a wrongful using of an animal or chattel distrained, by the distrainer.

    Syn. -- Invective; contumely; reproach; scurrility; insult; opprobrium. -- Abuse, Invective. Abuse is generally prompted by anger, and vented in harsh and unseemly words. It is more personal and coarse than invective. Abuse generally takes place in private quarrels; invective in writing or public discussions. Invective may be conveyed in refined language and dictated by indignation against what is blameworthy. C. J. Smith.

  11. To deceive; to impose on.

    [Obs.]

    Their eyes red and staring, cozened with a moist cloud, and abused by a double object.
    Jer. Taylor.

    Syn. -- To maltreat; injure; revile; reproach; vilify; vituperate; asperse; traduce; malign.

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Abuse

ABU'SE, verb transitive s as z. [Latin abutor, abusus of ab and utor, to use; Gr. to accustom. See Use.]

1. To use ill; to maltreat; to misuse; to use with bad motives or to wrong purposes; as, to abuse rights or privileges.

They that use this world as not abusing it. 1 Corinthians 7:31 .

2. To violate; to defile by improper sexual intercourse.

3. To deceive; to impose on.

Nor be with all these tempting words abused.

4. To treat rudely, or with reproachful language; to revile.

He mocked and abused them shamefully.

5. To pervert the meaning of; to misapply; as to abuse words.

ABU'SE, noun Ill use; improper treatment or employment; application to a wrong purpose; as an abuse of our natural powers; an abuse of civil rights, or of religious privileges; abuse of advantages, etc.

Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty, as well as by the abuses of power.

2. A corrupt practice or custom, as the abuses of government.

3. Rude speech; reproachful language addressed to a person; contumely; reviling words.

4. Seduction.

After the abuse he forsook me.

5. Perversion of meaning; improper use or application; as an abuse of words.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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