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(Obs.) Bad or harsh treatment
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  1. (Obs.) Bad or harsh treatment
  2. Improper, unlawful, or incorrect use; misapplication.
(Chemistry) Decomposition of a compound, especially complex substances such as polymers and proteins, by stages, exhibiting well-defined intermediate products.
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  1. (Chemistry) Decomposition of a compound, especially complex substances such as polymers and proteins, by stages, exhibiting well-defined intermediate products.
  2. (Geol.) The lowering of land surfaces by erosion
  3. (Geology) A general lowering of the earth's surface by erosion or weathering.
A group of similar things arranged, connected, or used together; set or series; array
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  1. A group of similar things arranged, connected, or used together; set or series; array
  2. (Baseball) A pitcher and catcher considered as a unit.
  3. The harmful or offensive touching of any part of another person’s body or of something, such as clothing or carried umbrella, that is so closely attached to the person that it is customarily regarded as part of the person. The touching may be in anger or a result of some other intentional wrong. Any amount of touching is considered a battery, even if harmless, if it is offensive to the person who is touched. See also assault and mayhem. The harmful or offensive touching of any part of another person’s body or of something, such as clothing or carried umbrella, that is so closely attached to the person that it is customarily regarded as part of the person. The touching may be in anger or a result of some other intentional wrong. Any amount of touching is considered a battery, even if harmless, if it is offensive to the person who is touched. See also assault and mayhem.
The illegal misuse of money or property in lawful keeping. The illegal misuse of money or property in lawful keeping.
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  1. The illegal misuse of money or property in lawful keeping. The illegal misuse of money or property in lawful keeping.
  2. The misuse of something, incorrectly using (applying) something, a wrong application.
Something perverted; abnormal form
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  1. Something perverted; abnormal form
  2. A sexual practice or act considered abnormal or deviant.
  3. Any of various sexual acts or practices deviating from what is considered normal; sexual deviation
The lowering of the value of a currency by reducing the amount of valuable metal in the coins.
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  1. The lowering of the value of a currency by reducing the amount of valuable metal in the coins.
  2. The act of debasing or the state of being debased; a lowering, especially in character or quality.
  1. Bad, cruel or unkind treatment
  2. Unfair, unkind, or cruel treatment; abuse
A desecrating or being desecrated
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  1. A desecrating or being desecrated
  2. An act of disrespect or impiety towards something considered sacred.
The act of taking improperly, including the use of another’s property or work. The act of taking improperly, including the use of another’s property or work.
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  1. The act of taking improperly, including the use of another’s property or work. The act of taking improperly, including the use of another’s property or work.
Something that pollutes; a pollutant or a group of pollutants:
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  1. Something that pollutes; a pollutant or a group of pollutants:
  2. The contamination of air, water, or soil by substances that are harmful to living organisms. Pollution can occur naturally, for example through volcanic eruptions, or as the result of human activities, such as the spilling of oil or disposal of industrial waste. &diamf3; Light from cities and towns at night that interferes with astronomical observations is known as light pollution. It can also disturb natural rhythms of growth in plants and other organisms. &diamf3; Continuous noise that is loud enough to be annoying or physically harmful is known as noise pollution. &diamf3; Heat from hot water that is discharged from a factory into a river or lake, where it can kill or endanger aquatic life, is known as thermal pollution.
An advertising or publicity program.
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  1. An advertising or publicity program.
  2. Utilization of another person or group for selfish purposes:
  3. The act of employing to the greatest possible advantage:
The act or an instance of profaning; desecration.
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  1. The act or an instance of profaning; desecration.
  2. A profaning or being profaned; desecration; defilement
The act or practice of prostituting, or the fact of being prostituted; esp., the trade of a prostitute
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  1. The act or practice of prostituting, or the fact of being prostituted; esp., the trade of a prostitute
  2. Engaging in sexual activity for compensation.
  3. The practice of offering oneself or using one's talents for an unworthy purpose, especially for personal gain.
Denunciatory or abusive language; vituperation:
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  1. Denunciatory or abusive language; vituperation:
  2. A denunciatory or abusive expression or discourse:
  3. A violent verbal attack; strong criticism, insults, curses, etc.; vituperation
The act or an instance of vituperating.
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  1. The act or an instance of vituperating.
  2. Sustained, harshly critical language; invective.
A particular form of hurt, damage, or loss:
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  1. A particular form of hurt, damage, or loss:
  2. Physical harm or damage to a person, property, etc.
  3. Damage or harm done to or suffered by a person or thing:
(Law) Money required to be paid as compensation for an injury or wrong.
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  1. (Law) Money required to be paid as compensation for an injury or wrong.
  2. (Law) Money claimed by, or ordered paid to, a person to compensate for injury or loss caused by the wrong of the opposite party or parties
  3. (Informal) Cost; price:
Immoral or unjust effects:
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  1. Immoral or unjust effects:
  2. Moral wrong; evil
  3. Hurt; injury; damage
Something that hurts; a pain, injury, or wound.
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  1. Something that hurts; a pain, injury, or wound.
  2. A wrong; harm:
  3. Harm, wrong, or damage
Unfair, unkind, or cruel treatment; abuse
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  1. Unfair, unkind, or cruel treatment; abuse
  2. Bad, cruel or unkind treatment
Great anger, indignation, etc. aroused by such an act or offense
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  1. Great anger, indignation, etc. aroused by such an act or offense
  2. An act of extreme violence or viciousness:
  3. Something that is grossly offensive to decency, morality, or good taste:
(Accounting) A downward revaluation, a write-down.
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  1. (Accounting) A downward revaluation, a write-down.
  2. The result of being impaired; a deterioration or weakening; a disability or handicap; an inefficient part or factor.
That which is unjust, immoral, or improper:
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  1. That which is unjust, immoral, or improper:
  2. An unjust, injurious, or immoral act:
  3. The condition of being in error or at fault:
Violation of another's rights or of what is right; lack of justice.
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  1. Violation of another's rights or of what is right; lack of justice.
  2. An unjust act; injury
  3. A specific unjust act; a wrong.
Desecration of something sacred, as a church
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  1. Desecration of something sacred, as a church
  2. Interruption; disturbance
  3. Infringement or breach, as of a law, rule, right, etc.
A persecuting or being persecuted
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  1. A persecuting or being persecuted
  2. The act or practice of persecuting on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs that differ from those of the persecutor.
  3. The condition of being persecuted.
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  1. Deliberate pestering or annoying.
  2. Persistent attacks and criticism causing worry and distress.
  3. Unjustifiable conduct, typically persistent and repetitive, aimed at an individual, that causes distress or discomfort. Unjustifiable conduct, typically persistent and repetitive, aimed at an individual, that causes distress or discomfort.
To mistreat or abuse.
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  1. To mistreat or abuse.
  2. To treat badly or harshly; abuse
  3. To use incorrectly or improperly; misapply
To treat roughly or wrongly.
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  1. To treat roughly or wrongly.
  2. To treat someone, or something roughly or badly.
To treat with gross insensitivity, insolence, or contemptuous rudeness.
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  1. To treat with gross insensitivity, insolence, or contemptuous rudeness.
  2. To affront or demean:
  3. To treat or speak to with scorn, insolence, or great disrespect; subject to treatment, a remark, etc. that hurts or is meant to hurt the feelings or pride
To cause damage to; impair:
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  1. To cause damage to; impair:
  2. To do physical harm or damage to; hurt
  3. To be unjust to; wrong
To cause physical damage or pain to (an individual or a body part); injure:
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  1. To cause physical damage or pain to (an individual or a body part); injure:
  2. To cause distress or damage:
  3. To cause physical damage to (something); harm:
To do harm to:
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  1. To do harm to:
  2. To do harm to; hurt, damage, etc.
To suffer or be susceptible to damage.
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  1. To suffer or be susceptible to damage.
To make worse, less, weaker, etc.; reduce an ability or function
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  1. To make worse, less, weaker, etc.; reduce an ability or function
  2. Of property or a contractual right, to interfere in such a way as to diminish its value. Of property or a contractual right, to interfere in such a way as to diminish its value.
  3. To cause to weaken, be damaged, or diminish, as in quality:
To distress; afflict.
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  1. To distress; afflict.
  2. To inflict an injury or injuries on.
  3. To cause grief or injury to; offend
To treat unkindly, cruelly, or unfairly; harm; abuse; maltreat
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  1. To treat unkindly, cruelly, or unfairly; harm; abuse; maltreat
To maltreat.
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  1. To maltreat.
  2. To treat someone badly, cruelly or unkindly.
  3. To treat unfairly, unkindly, or cruelly; use badly; abuse
To subject (a smaller or weaker person) to frequent beatings
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  1. To subject (a smaller or weaker person) to frequent beatings
  2. To break to bits by pounding
  3. To injure or damage by pounding, by hard wear or use, etc.
To disturb, interfere with, or annoy:
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  1. To disturb, interfere with, or annoy:
  2. To assault or otherwise abuse (esp. a child) sexually
  3. To annoy, interfere with, or meddle with so as to trouble or harm, or with intent to trouble or harm
To treat roughly or unkindly; abuse
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  1. To treat roughly or unkindly; abuse
  2. To treat in a rough or cruel way; abuse.
To employ incorrectly; to misuse.
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  1. To employ incorrectly; to misuse.
  2. To employ, or use, wrongly or badly; misuse
To handle dishonestly or illegally
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  1. To handle dishonestly or illegally
  2. To apply incorrectly; to misuse.
  3. To use badly, incorrectly, or wastefully
  1. To embezzle
  2. To appropriate wrongly:
  3. To use something wrongly, or illegally
To violate another person’s rights or to do harm. See also tort.
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  1. To violate another person’s rights or to do harm. See also tort.
  2. In a wrong course or direction:
  3. In a wrong manner; mistakenly or erroneously:
To annoy persistently; bother:
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  1. To annoy persistently; bother:
  2. To afflict or harass constantly so as to injure or distress; oppress cruelly, esp. for reasons of religion, politics, or race
  3. To trouble or annoy constantly
To annoy, pester, or harass:
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  1. To annoy, pester, or harass:
  2. To annoy, harass, or tease
  3. To cause to undergo great physical pain or mental anguish.
To annoy by continual scolding, faultfinding, complaining, urging, etc.
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  1. To annoy by continual scolding, faultfinding, complaining, urging, etc.
  2. To keep troubling, worrying, etc.
  3. To cause continual discomfort, pain, etc.
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  1. To punish someone unjustly.
  2. To subject to cruel or harmful treatment
  3. To injure or kill.
To keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority:
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  1. To keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority:
  2. To keep down by the cruel or unjust use of power or authority; rule harshly; tyrannize over
  3. To cause to feel worried or depressed:
To bring or reduce to ruin
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  1. To bring or reduce to ruin
  2. (Archaic) To go or come to ruin
  3. To destroy, spoil, or damage irreparably
To impair the soundness, perfection, or integrity of; spoil.
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  1. To impair the soundness, perfection, or integrity of; spoil.
  2. To injure or damage so as to make imperfect, less attractive, etc.; spoil; impair; disfigure
  3. To inflict damage, especially disfiguring damage, on.
To be damaged or injured in such a way as to become useless, valueless, etc.; specif., to decay, as food
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  1. To be damaged or injured in such a way as to become useless, valueless, etc.; specif., to decay, as food
  2. To become unfit for use or consumption, as from decay. Used especially of perishables, such as food.
  3. To overindulge so as to cause to demand or expect too much
To disseminate widely; popularize.
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  1. To disseminate widely; popularize.
  2. To make vulgar, coarse, unrefined, obscene, etc.
  3. To cause to be more widely known, more easily understood, etc.; popularize
To offend grossly against (standards of decency or morality); commit an outrage on.
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  1. To offend grossly against (standards of decency or morality); commit an outrage on.
  2. To produce anger or resentment in:
  3. To offend, insult, or wrong grievously
To handle incorrectly, to make a mistake in handling a thing or situation.
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  1. To handle incorrectly, to make a mistake in handling a thing or situation.
  2. To handle badly or roughly; abuse, maltreat, or mismanage
  3. To handle badly, causing physical injury.
To turn to an improper use; misuse
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  1. To turn to an improper use; misuse
  2. To bring into a worse condition; debase
  3. To cause to turn from what is considered right, good, or true; misdirect; lead astray; corrupt
To treat with irreverence:
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  1. To treat with irreverence:
  2. To treat (sacred things) with irreverence or contempt; desecrate
  3. To put to an improper, unworthy, or degrading use; abuse.
To sell (oneself, one's artistic or moral integrity, etc.) for low or unworthy purposes
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  1. To sell (oneself, one's artistic or moral integrity, etc.) for low or unworthy purposes
  2. To offer (oneself or another) for sexual activity in exchange for money.
  3. To devote (oneself or one's talent, for example) to an unworthy purpose, especially for personal gain.
To remove the consecration from someone or something; to deconsecrate.
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  1. To remove the consecration from someone or something; to deconsecrate.
  2. To inappropriately change.
  3. To take away the sacredness of; treat as not sacred; profane
To contaminate (water, air, etc.) with harmful chemicals, waste material, etc.
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  1. To contaminate (water, air, etc.) with harmful chemicals, waste material, etc.
  2. To render impure or morally harmful; corrupt:
  3. To make less suitable for an activity, especially by the introduction of unwanted factors:
To subject (another) to hostile or prejudicial remarks or actions; pressure or intimidate.
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  1. To subject (another) to hostile or prejudicial remarks or actions; pressure or intimidate.
  2. To trouble, worry, or torment, as with cares, debts, repeated questions or demands, etc.
  3. To trouble by repeated raids or attacks, etc.; harry
To handle (someone) roughly
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  1. To handle (someone) roughly
  2. To move or handle by manpower alone.
  3. To move or do by human strength only, without mechanical aids
To make unethical use of for one's own advantage or profit; specif., to make profit from the labor of (others) without giving a just return
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  1. To make unethical use of for one's own advantage or profit; specif., to make profit from the labor of (others) without giving a just return
  2. To employ to the greatest possible advantage:
  3. To use for one’s own advantage.
  1. To subject to an excessive demand on strength, resources, or abilities
  2. To subject to excessive strain, especially to force beyond a natural or proper limit:
  3. To put forth too much physical effort.
To make (someone) work too hard.
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  1. To make (someone) work too hard.
  2. To work too long or too hard.
  3. To work or use to excess
  1. To overburden
  2. To subject to an excessive burden or strain.
  3. To tax in excess of what is considered appropriate or just.
To drive (a vehicle) too far or too long.
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  1. To drive (a vehicle) too far or too long.
  2. To drive too hard, or far, or beyond strength.
To burden oppressively; weigh down
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  1. To burden oppressively; weigh down
  2. To subject to an excessive burden or strain; overtax.
  3. To burden with too much weight; overload.
To commit a sexual assault on; often, specif., to rape (a woman)
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  1. To commit a sexual assault on; often, specif., to rape (a woman)
  2. To desecrate or profane (something sacred)
  3. To do harm to (property or qualities considered sacred); desecrate or defile.
To profane or sully
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  1. To profane or sully
  2. To profane or sully (a reputation, for example).
  3. To have sexual intercourse with (a woman who is a virgin).
(Obs.) To defame or slander
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  1. (Obs.) To defame or slander
  2. To debase, especially morally; corrupt.
  3. To lead into bad habits; make morally bad; corrupt; pervert
To become tainted
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  1. To become tainted
  2. To subject to decay or putrefaction:
  3. To affect or associate with something undesirable or reprehensible:
To lower in character, quality, or value; degrade.
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  1. To lower in character, quality, or value; degrade.
  2. To make lower in value, quality, character, dignity, etc.; cheapen
  3. To lower the value of (a currency) by reducing the amount of valuable metal in the coins.
To ruin morally; pervert:
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  1. To ruin morally; pervert:
  2. To cause to become rotten; spoil:
  3. (--- Computers) To damage (data) in a file or on a disk.
To waste, lavish, splurge; to spend lavishly or profusely; to dissipate.
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  1. To waste, lavish, splurge; to spend lavishly or profusely; to dissipate.
  2. To fail to take advantage of:
  3. To spend or use wastefully or extravagantly
To destroy; devastate; ruin
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  1. To destroy; devastate; ruin
  2. To lose energy, strength, weight, or vigor; become weak or enfeebled:
  3. To use up or spend without real need, gain, or purpose; squander
To use up, especially recklessly; exhaust:
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  1. To use up, especially recklessly; exhaust:
  2. To spend much time and energy on indulgence in pleasure, esp. drinking, gambling, etc., to the point of harming oneself
  3. To drive away; cause to vanish:
To use up completely:
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  1. To use up completely:
  2. To let out or draw off (a gas, for example) from a container.
  3. To let out the contents of (a container); cause or allow to escape:
To hit someone, or behave violently towards them.
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  1. To hit someone, or behave violently towards them.
  2. To do a relaxing activity.
  3. To spend time with someone as a friend
To assail with scornful or abusive language; vituperate.
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  1. To assail with scornful or abusive language; vituperate.
  2. To use abusive or contemptuous language in speaking to or about; call bad names
To make evil, harmful, and often untrue statements about (someone).
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  1. To make evil, harmful, and often untrue statements about (someone).
  2. To speak evil of; defame; slander; traduce
To use abusive or slanderous language about or of; calumniate; revile; defame
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  1. To use abusive or slanderous language about or of; calumniate; revile; defame
  2. To attack the reputation of (a person or thing) with strong or abusive criticism.
To scold or rebuke severely
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  1. To scold or rebuke severely
  2. To rebuke or scold angrily and at length.
To handle dishonestly or illegally
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  1. To handle dishonestly or illegally
  2. To use badly, incorrectly, or wastefully
  3. To apply incorrectly; to misuse.
  1. To embezzle
  2. To appropriate wrongly:
  3. To appropriate dishonestly for one's own use; embezzle.
To treat roughly; maltreat:
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  1. To treat roughly; maltreat:
  2. To handle badly, causing physical injury.
  3. To handle badly or roughly; abuse, maltreat, or mismanage
To use incorrectly or improperly; misapply
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  1. To use incorrectly or improperly; misapply
  2. To treat badly or harshly; abuse
  3. To mistreat or abuse.
To change or misapply the meaning of; misinterpret; distort; twist
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  1. To change or misapply the meaning of; misinterpret; distort; twist
  2. To cause to turn from what is considered right, good, or true; misdirect; lead astray; corrupt
  3. To turn to an improper use; misuse
To employ to the greatest possible advantage:
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  1. To employ to the greatest possible advantage:
  2. To make use of; turn to account; utilize productively
  3. To use for one’s own advantage.
To offer or circulate fraudulently; pass off:
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  1. To offer or circulate fraudulently; pass off:
  2. To force oneself on or take unfair advantage of others:
  3. To arrange (pages of type or plates) in a frame in the proper order of printing
To take for granted that something is true or factual; make a supposition.
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  1. To take for granted that something is true or factual; make a supposition.
  2. To venture without authority or permission; dare:
  3. To take upon oneself without permission or authority; dare (to say or do something); venture
To put or bring into action or service; employ for or apply to a given purpose
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  1. To put or bring into action or service; employ for or apply to a given purpose
  2. To take or consume for a purpose:
  3. To avail oneself of; practice:
To treat unkindly, cruelly, or unfairly; harm; abuse; maltreat
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  1. To treat unkindly, cruelly, or unfairly; harm; abuse; maltreat
To maltreat.
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  1. To maltreat.
  2. To treat someone badly, cruelly or unkindly.
  3. To treat unfairly, unkindly, or cruelly; use badly; abuse
To treat in a rough or cruel way; abuse.
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  1. To treat in a rough or cruel way; abuse.
  2. To treat roughly or unkindly; abuse
To treat roughly; maltreat:
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  1. To treat roughly; maltreat:
  2. To handle badly, causing physical injury.
  3. To handle badly or roughly; abuse, maltreat, or mismanage
To treat someone, or something roughly or badly.
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  1. To treat someone, or something roughly or badly.
  2. To treat wrongly or badly
To use incorrectly or improperly; misapply
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  1. To use incorrectly or improperly; misapply
  2. To treat badly or harshly; abuse
  3. To mistreat or abuse.
To begin working on (a task, problem, etc.) with vigor and determination
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  1. To begin working on (a task, problem, etc.) with vigor and determination
  2. To attack violently, as with blows or military force; assault.
  3. To attack physically and violently; assault
To assail with scornful or abusive language; vituperate.
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  1. To assail with scornful or abusive language; vituperate.
  2. To use abusive or contemptuous language in speaking to or about; call bad names
To rebuke or criticize harshly or angrily; berate.
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  1. To rebuke or criticize harshly or angrily; berate.
  2. To use harshly critical or irate language; rail.
  3. To speak abusively to or about; berate; revile
The illegal misuse of money or property in lawful keeping. The illegal misuse of money or property in lawful keeping.
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  1. The illegal misuse of money or property in lawful keeping. The illegal misuse of money or property in lawful keeping.
  2. The misuse of something, incorrectly using (applying) something, a wrong application.
The act of taking improperly, including the use of another’s property or work. The act of taking improperly, including the use of another’s property or work.
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  1. The act of taking improperly, including the use of another’s property or work. The act of taking improperly, including the use of another’s property or work.
(Obs.) Bad or harsh treatment
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  1. (Obs.) Bad or harsh treatment
  2. Improper, unlawful, or incorrect use; misapplication.
Something perverted; abnormal form
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  1. Something perverted; abnormal form
  2. Any of various sexual acts or practices deviating from what is considered normal; sexual deviation
  3. A sexual practice or act considered abnormal or deviant.
Improper application, as of words.
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  1. Improper application, as of words.
  2. Bad or harsh treatment
  3. Abusive treatment.
Foul, abusive language.
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  1. Foul, abusive language.
  2. Foul, vulgar, abusive talk
An insolent or arrogant remark or act.
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  1. An insolent or arrogant remark or act.
  2. Haughty and contemptuous rudeness; insulting and humiliating treatment or language
  3. Rudeness or contempt arising from arrogance; insolence.
Denunciatory or abusive language; vituperation:
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  1. Denunciatory or abusive language; vituperation:
  2. A denunciatory or abusive expression or discourse:
  3. A violent verbal attack; strong criticism, insults, curses, etc.; vituperation
Verbal abuse of a person or thing; censure or vituperation, esp. when widespread or general
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  1. Verbal abuse of a person or thing; censure or vituperation, esp. when widespread or general
  2. The condition of disgrace suffered as a result of abuse or vilification; ill repute.
  3. Ill repute, disgrace, or infamy resulting from this
Rails considered as a group.
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  1. Rails considered as a group.
  2. Rails collectively
  3. 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.
A scurrilous act or remark
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  1. A scurrilous act or remark
  2. The quality of being vulgar, coarse, or abusive.
  3. A vulgar, coarse, or abusive remark or passage.
The property of being scurrilous.
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The act or an instance of vituperating.
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  1. The act or an instance of vituperating.
  2. Sustained, harshly critical language; invective.
Find another word for abuse. In this page you can discover 162 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for abuse, like: misuse, degradation, battery, misapplication, perversion, debasement, ill-usage, misemployment, desecration, misappropriation and mishandling.