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abuse

noun
 
 
/əˈbjuːs/
WRONG USE [C, U] B2 the use of something for the wrong purpose in a way that is harmful or morally wrong: drug/alcohol abuse abuse of public moneyUsing and misusing
VIOLENCE [U] B2 violent, cruel treatment of someone: child abuse sexual abuse Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
LANGUAGE [U] rude and offensive words said to another person: Rival fans shouted abuse at each other.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
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