Synonyms for ABUSE
aggrieve, impose on or oppress, ruin, damage, upon,
persecute, slander, defame, injure, pervert, victimize, defile, malign, prostitute, vilify, disparage, maltreat,
rail at, violate, harm, misemploy, ravish, vituperate, ill-treat, misuse, reproach, wrong, ill-use, molest,
Abuse covers all unreasonable or
improper use or treatment by word or act.
A tenant does not abuse rented property by "reasonable wear," though
that may damage the
property and injure its
sale; he may abuse it by
needless defacement or neglect.
It is possible to abuse a man
without harming him, as when the criminal vituperates the judge; or
to harm a man
without abusing him, as when the witness tells the truth about the criminal.
Defame, malign, rail at, revile, slander, vilify, and vituperate are used always in a bad sense. One may be justly reproached. To impose on or to victimize one is
to injure him
by abusing his
To persecute one is
to ill-treat him
for opinion's sake, commonly for religious belief; to oppress is generally for political or
"Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and
needy," Deut. xxiv,
Misemploy, misuse, and pervert are commonly applied to objects rather than to persons.
A dissolute youth misemploys his
time, misuses his
money and opportunities, harms his
associates, perverts his talents, wrongs his
parents, ruins himself, abuses every good gift of God.
Antonyms for Abuse
applaud, conserve, favor, protect, sustain,
benefit, consider, laud, regard, tend, care for, eulogize, panegyrize, respect, uphold, cherish, extol, praise,
He suffered abuse from his parents; the abuse
of the child led to their
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