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English definition of “abuse”

abuse

noun [U] (RUDE SPEECH)    /əˈbjuːs/
C2 rude and offensive words said to another person: He had apparently experienced a lot of verbal abuse from his co-workers. He hurled (a stream/torrent of) abuse at her (= he said a lot of rude and offensive things to her). 'Idiot!' is a term of abuse (= an insulting expression).Insults and abuseTreating people or animals badly
(Definition of abuse noun (RUDE SPEECH) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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