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English definition of “abuse”

abuse

noun   /əˈbjus/
the act of using something for the wrong purpose in a way that is bad : drug abuse alcohol abuse
[no plural] the act of being violent or cruel to another person : child abuse
[no plural] rude words said to someone: The crowds were shouting abuse at him.
(Definition of abuse noun from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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