abuse


abuse (http://definr.com/abuse)

     n 1: cruel or inhumane treatment [syn: maltreatment, ill-treatment,
           ill-usage]
     2: a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; "when a
        student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse";
        "they yelled insults at the visiting team" [syn: insult,
         revilement, contumely]
     3: improper or excessive use [syn: misuse]
     v 1: treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers" [syn: mistreat,
           maltreat, ill-use, ill-treat]
     2: change the inherent purpose or function of something; "Don't
        abuse the system"; "The director of the factory misused
        the funds intended for the health care of his workers"
        [syn: pervert, misuse]
     3: use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused
        the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry
        mother shouted at the teacher" [syn: clapperclaw, blackguard,
         shout]