Abuse synonyms

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An incorrect, improper or unlawful use of something.
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The misuse of something, incorrectly using (applying) something, a wrong application.
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The action of perverting someone or something; humiliation; debasement.
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The lowering of the value of a currency by reducing the amount of valuable metal in the coins.
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Wrong or mistaken employment.
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Injury or harm to a person or thing, resulting in a loss in soundness or value
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The condition of being persecuted.
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To maltreat.
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The state of being reduced in rank, character, or reputation; baseness; moral, physical, or intellectual degeneracy; disgrace; abasement; debasement.
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An array of similar things intended for use together:
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To treat someone, or something roughly or badly.
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A severe or violent censure or reproach.
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To treat with gross insensitivity, insolence, or contemptuous rudeness.
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To disturb, interfere with, or annoy:
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To treat badly
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A desecrating or being desecrated
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The process or practice of managing ineptly, incompetently, or dishonestly.
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Pollution is something introduced into the environment that is dirty, unclean or has a harmful effect.
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Misuse
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Utilization of another person or group for selfish purposes:
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A profaning or being profaned; desecration; defilement
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The state of being defiled.
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The practice of offering oneself or using one's talents for an unworthy purpose, especially for personal gain.
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The act of reviling.
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Abusive language
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Ill-treatment
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Moral wrong; evil
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A wrong; harm:
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Ill-treatment
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The act of molesting
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Ill-treatment
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A large defeat
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Resentful anger aroused by a violent or offensive act, or an instance of this:
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(Accounting) A downward revaluation, a write-down.
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The definition of a wrong is something that is not correct, legal or moral.
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Violation of another's rights or of what is right; lack of justice.
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Infringement or breach, as of a law, rule, right, etc.
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To cause damage to; impair:
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Of property or a contractual right, to interfere in such a way as to diminish its value.
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To inflict an injury or injuries on.
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To treat unkindly or harshly.
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(UK, slang, usually in the passive) To intoxicate
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To treat in a rough or cruel way; abuse.
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To employ, or use, wrongly or badly; misuse
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To use or apply wrongly.
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To appropriate wrongly:
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To afflict or harass constantly so as to injure or distress; oppress cruelly, esp. for reasons of religion, politics, or race
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To cause to undergo great physical pain or mental anguish.
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To scold, complain, or find fault constantly:
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To make someone a victim or sacrifice.
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To cause to feel worried or depressed:
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Ruin is defined as to break or destroy something.
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To impair the soundness, perfection, or integrity of; spoil.
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To ruin; to damage (something) in some way making it unfit for use. [from 16th c.]
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To disseminate widely; popularize.
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To treat badly
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To treat badly
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To treat roughly; maltreat:
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(Derogatory) To use one's talents in return for money or fame
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To violate the sacredness of; profane.
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To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors:
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To trouble, worry, or torment, as with cares, debts, repeated questions or demands, etc.
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To move or do by human strength only, without mechanical aids
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To treat badly
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To exploit, for example sexually.
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To employ to the greatest possible advantage:
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To put forth too much physical effort.
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To force to work too hard or too long.
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To drive too hard, or far, or beyond strength.
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To burden with too much weight; overload.
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To do harm to (property or qualities considered sacred); desecrate or defile.
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To defile is defined as to make something unclean, either literally or figuratively.
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To treat badly
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To lead into bad habits; make morally bad; corrupt; pervert
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To affect with something physically injurious, unpleasant, etc.; infect, poison, etc.
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To lower in character, quality, or value; degrade.
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To make corrupt; to change from good to bad; to draw away from the right path; to deprave; to pervert.
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To fail to take advantage of:
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To squander (money or resources) uselessly; to spend (time) idly.
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To spend much time and energy on indulgence in pleasure, esp. drinking, gambling, etc., to the point of harming oneself
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To bring out or develop completely; to discuss thoroughly; as, to exhaust a subject.
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To hit someone, or behave violently towards them.
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To attack (someone) with abusive language.
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(Archaic) To treat with malice; to show hatred toward; to abuse; to wrong.
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To say defamatory things about someone or something.
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To scold or rebuke severely
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A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard; esteem:
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The act of venerating or the state of being venerated.
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The definition of help is aid that you request, or is someone who provides assistance.
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Defending ability or potential.
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Any public performance, bazaar, dance, etc. the proceeds of which are to help a certain person, group, or cause
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To guard from attack; keep from harm or danger; protect
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To keep safe; to defend; to guard; to prevent harm coming to.
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To become a friend of, to make friends with.
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Responsibility for a fault or wrong
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To express strong disapproval of
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To scold is to criticize, chastise or rebuke someone for something.
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To utter or spread slander.
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Characterized by improper or wrongful use:
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Fond of catching others in mistakes; quick to find fault; quibbling; carping
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Serving or tending to castigate.
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Expressing censure; inclined to find fault; harshly critical
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Of or pertaining to clamor.
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The definition of contemptuous is someone who is full of hatred for someone or something.
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(Archaic, literary) Rudely contemptuous; showing contumely; insolent or disdainful.
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Used in reference to an utterance, to indicate that it is false and harmful to the reputation of another.
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Despicable is defined as a foul and loathsome person.
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The definition of opprobrious is something that is disrespectful or that expresses shame or disgrace.
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Occasioning or deserving reproach; shameful; base; as, a reproachful life.
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Given to using sarcasm:
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Disdainfully or humorously sneering or sarcastic
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Corrective punishment; chastisement; reproof; pungent criticism.
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The act of judicially condemning, or adjudging guilty, unfit for use, or forfeited; the act of dooming to punishment or forfeiture.
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Rudeness or contempt arising from arrogance; insolence.
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Defamation is defined as the act of ruining someone's reputation through slander or libel.
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The excoriated place or the state of being excoriated, or stripped of the skin; abrasion.
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A person or thing cursed or detested
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The state of being humiliated, humbled or reduced to lowliness or submission.
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Infamy is defined as notoriety, or a reputation of bad behavior.
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Strong rebuke; strong scolding
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Abusive language; blame; disgrace or cause to be in ill repute; calumny. Obloquy may go to the extent where it constitutes defamation. See also defamation and slander.
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The crime of using force or the threat of force to compel a person to submit to sexual intercourse.
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The quality of being sassy.
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Something that is scurrilous.
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The definition of a tirade is a long and bitter speech.
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Slanderous or malicious defamation; character assassination
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To meet defiantly; to confront.
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To confuse completely; muddle
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To represent or speak of as unimportant or contemptible:
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(Intransitive) To commit blasphemy; to speak against God or religious doctrine.
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To revise or make corrections to a publication.
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To call evil or injury down on; damn
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(Archaic) To charge; to accuse.
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To lower oneself; lose face
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To reduce in esteem or rank.
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(Geol.) To cause a fault in
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(UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To cause to fly; put to flight; drive off (by frightening).
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To relate (something, usually something bad) to a particular cause or source; place the fault or responsibility for:
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To tamper with or falsify for personal gain:
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To savage; to cause serious physical wounds (usually used of an animal).
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To turn another way; to divert.
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To put to an improper, unworthy, or degrading use; abuse.
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To handle or use roughly; damage or hurt:
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Rail is defined as to speak or act bitterly or hatefully against.
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To ravish is to take someone by force, to force someone to engage in sexual intercourse or to experience extreme happiness.
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Scathe is to harm or damage, or to fiercely denounce or criticize.
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To impose and collect a tax on (something).
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To fail to uphold; disregard or violate:
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To criticize in a harsh or abusive manner.
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A preserving or being preserved
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Something that provides help, support, or relief, such as money or supplies:
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(Archaic) A reason for praise; merit.
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The act or an instance of commending; esp., formal recommendation or praise
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An expression of favorable acceptance and encouragement; a compliment that also condones.
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Plaudit is defined as approval.
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An oral vote, especially an enthusiastic vote of approval taken without formal ballot:
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Excessive flattery or admiration.
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(Rare) To salute or praise with great approval; to compliment; to applaud; to welcome enthusiastically.
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The definition of adulate means to lavishly flatter.
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(Intransitive) To consider or show to be worthy of approbation or acceptance.
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To present something to (a person) as an act of politeness or respect
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To hold dear; to embrace with interest; to indulge; to encourage; to foster; to promote; as, to cherish religious principle.
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To keep from harm, damage, danger, evil, etc.; protect; save
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To esteem is defined as to respect, have regard for or admire something.
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To show great respect or high regard for; treat with deference and courtesy
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To keep or regard as precious; value highly.
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To revere is to think very highly of someone or to greatly admire someone.
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To attend to the needs of, especially in the manner of a nurse or personal aide.
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Prize means to place high value on.
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To offer or circulate fraudulently; pass off:
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To rely too much (on or upon), as in taking liberties
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To consume, expend, or exhaust by use
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To trouble or beset, as with questions or doubts.
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To attack with harsh, often insulting language
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The act of taking improperly, including the use of another’s property or work.
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Incorrect usage; misapplication, as of words
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The property of being scurrilous.
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To use wrongly and improperly
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To claw or scratch with the hand and nails
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To revile or abuse in scurrilous language.
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To utter with a shout; to cry; -- sometimes with out; as, to shout, or to shout out, a man's name.
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To measure by pacing:
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Excitation of one's own or another's genital organs, usually to orgasm, by manual contact or means other than sexual intercourse.
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Harassment is defined as chronically annoying or tormenting someone.
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A cause of such a mental state
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A structure made of a rail, often connecting a series of upright members, that is used as a guard or barrier or for support, as on a balcony or next to a staircase.
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Injury is defined as harm to a person or thing.
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The quality of being abusive; rudeness of language, or violence to the person. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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