Translation of "abuse" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun uk /əˈbjuːs/ us /əˈbjus/

[ no plural ] the act of using something for the wrong purpose in a way that is bad

drug abuse
alcohol abuse
the abuse of power

[ 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.

an occasion when the law or someone’s rights are not respected

human rights abuses
verb uk /əˈbjuːz/ us /əˈbjuz/ present participle abusing, past tense and past participle abused

to be cruel and violent with someone

Some of the women were abused by their husbands.

to use something for the wrong purpose in a way that is bad

abusar de
He abused drugs for many years.

to say rude words to someone

The crowd started abusing him.

(Translation of “abuse” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /əˈbjuːz/

to treat someone in a cruel or violent way

He was accused of sexually abusing young boys.

to use wrongly, usually with harmful results

abusar de
She abused her position by stealing public money.

to insult or speak roughly to

She abused the servants.
abusive /-siv/ adjective

using insulting language

ofensivo, injurioso, ultrajante
He wrote an abusive letter to the manager.
abusively adverb

injuriosamente, ofensivamente
He is facing dismissal over charges that he treated employees abusively.
abusiveness noun

ofensa verbal
She is seeking a divorce on the grounds of her husband’s physical and mental abusiveness.

(Translation of “abuse” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)