Definition for A-BUSE'

A-BUSE', n.

  1. Ill use; improper treatment or employment; application to a wrong purpose; as, an abuse of our natural powers an abuse of civil 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. – Federalist, Madison.
  2. A corrupt practice or custom; as, the abuses of government.
  3. Rude speech; reproachful language addressed to a person; contumely; reviling words. – Milton.
  4. Seduction. After the abuse he forsook me. – Sidney.
  5. Perversion of meaning; improper use or application; as, an abuse of words.

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