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Abuse vs. Amuse

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  • Abuse (noun)

    Improper treatment or usage; application to a wrong or bad purpose; an unjust, corrupt or wrongful practice or custom. First attested around 1350 to 1470.

    "All abuse, whether physical, verbal, psychological or sexual, is bad."

  • Abuse (noun)

    Misuse; improper use; perversion. First attested in the mid 16th century.

  • Abuse (noun)

    A delusion; an imposture; misrepresentation; deception. Attested from the mid 16th century until the mid 17th century.

  • Abuse (noun)

    Coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; language that unjustly or angrily vilifies. First attested in the mid 16th century.

  • Abuse (noun)

      Catachresis. First attested in the late 16th century.

  • Abuse (noun)

    Physical maltreatment; injury; cruel treatment. First attested in the late 16th century.

  • Abuse (noun)

    Violation; defilement; rape; forcing of undesired sexual activity by one person on another, often on a repeated basis. First attested in the late 16th century.

  • Abuse (verb)

    To put to a wrong use; to misapply; to use improperly; to misuse; to use for a wrong purpose or end; to pervert First attested around 1350 to 1470.

    "He abused his authority."

  • Abuse (verb)

    To injure; to maltreat; to hurt; to treat with cruelty, especially repeatedly. First attested in the mid 16th century.

  • Abuse (verb)

    To attack with coarse language; to insult; to revile; malign; to speak in an offensive manner to or about someone; to disparage. First attested in the early 17th century.

  • Abuse (verb)

    To imbibe a drug for a purpose other than it was intended; to intentionally take more of a drug than was prescribed for recreational reasons; to take illegal drugs habitually. First attested in the mid 20th century.

  • Abuse (verb)

    To violate; defile; to rape. First attested around 1350 to 1470.

  • Abuse (verb)

    Misrepresent; adulterate. Attested from around 1350 to 1470 until the mid 18th century.

  • Abuse (verb)

    To deceive; to trick; to impose on; misuse the confidence of. Attested from the late 15th century until the early 19th century.

  • Abuse (verb)

    Disuse. Attested from the late 15th century until the mid 16th century.

  • Amuse (verb)

    To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with pleasing emotions.

    "I watch these movies because they amuse me."

    "It always amuses me to hear the funny stories why people haven't got a ticket, but I never let them get in without paying."

  • Amuse (verb)

    To cause laughter or amusement; to be funny.

    "His jokes rarely fail to amuse."

  • Amuse (verb)

    To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.

  • Amuse (verb)

    To occupy or engage the attention of; to lose in deep thought; to absorb; also, to distract; to bewilder.

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  • Abuse

    To put to a wrong use; to misapply; to misuse; to put to a bad use; to use for a wrong purpose or end; to pervert; as, to abuse inherited gold; to make an excessive use of; as, to abuse one's authority.

  • Abuse

    To use ill; to maltreat; to act injuriously to; to punish or to tax excessively; to hurt; as, to abuse prisoners, to abuse one's powers, one's patience.

  • Abuse

    To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.

  • Abuse

    To dishonor.

  • Abuse

    To violate; to ravish.

  • Abuse

    To deceive; to impose on.

  • Abuse (noun)

    Improper treatment or use; application to a wrong or bad purpose; misuse; as, an abuse of our natural powers; an abuse of civil rights, or of privileges or advantages; an abuse of language.

  • Abuse (noun)

    Physical ill treatment; injury.

  • Abuse (noun)

    A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service.

  • Abuse (noun)

    Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling.

  • Abuse (noun)

    Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child.

  • Amuse

    To occupy or engage the attention of; to lose in deep thought; to absorb; also, to distract; to bewilder.

  • Amuse

    To entertain or occupy in a pleasant manner; to stir with pleasing or mirthful emotions; to divert.

  • Amuse

    To keep in expectation; to beguile; to delude.

  • Amuse (verb)

    To muse; to mediate.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Abuse (noun)

    cruel or inhumane treatment

  • Abuse (noun)

    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"

  • Abuse (noun)

    improper or excessive use

  • Abuse (verb)

    treat badly;

    "This boss abuses his workers"

    "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"

  • Abuse (verb)

    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"

  • Abuse (verb)

    use foul or abusive language towards;

    "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"

    "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"

  • Amuse (verb)

    occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion;

    "The play amused the ladies"

  • Amuse (verb)

    make (somebody) laugh;

    "The clown amused the children"

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