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ABU'SE, s as z. L. abutor, abusus of ab and utor, to use Gr. to accustom. See Use.

1. To use : to maltreat to misuse to use with bad motives or to wrong purposes as, to abuse rights or privileges.

They that use this world as not abusing it. 1 Corinthians 7

2. To violate to defile by improper sexual intercourse.
3. To deceive to impose on.

Nor be with all these tempting words abused.

4. To treat rudely, or with reproachful language to revile.

He mocked and abused them shamefully.

5. To pervert the meaning of to misapply as to abuse words.

ABU'SE, n. Ill use improper treatment or employment application to a wrong purpose as an abuse of our natural powers an abuse of rights, or of religious privileges abuse of advantages, &c.

Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty, as well as by the abuses of power.

2. A corrupt practice or custom, as the abuses of government.
3. Rude speech reproachful language addressed to a person contumely reviling words.
4. Seduction.

After the abuse he forsook me.

5. Perversion of meaning improper use or application as an abuse of words.

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Entry for 'Abuse'. King James Dictionary.

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