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Abuse vs. Scold

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Abuse

Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of a thing, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, assault, violation, rape, unjust practices, crimes, or other types of aggression.
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Scold

To reprimand or criticize harshly and usually angrily.
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Abuse

To use improperly or excessively; misuse
Abuse alcohol.
Abuse a privilege.
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Scold

To express harsh or angry disapproval to someone.
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Abuse

To hurt or injure by maltreatment; ill-use
Animals that were abused by a negligent owner.
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Scold

One who persistently nags or criticizes
"As a critic gets older, he or she usually grows more tetchy and ... may even become a big-league scold" (James Wolcott).
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Abuse

To force sexual activity on; rape or molest.
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Scold

A person who habitually scolds, in particular a troublesome and angry woman.
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Abuse

To assail with insulting or hurtful words; revile.
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Scold

(ambitransitive) To rebuke angrily.
I advise that you refrain from using that kind of language at home, lest your mother scold you.
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Abuse

(Obsolete) To deceive or trick.
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Scold

(ornithology) Of birds, to make harsh vocalisations in aggression.
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Abuse

Improper or excessive use; misuse
Abuse of authority.
Drug abuse.
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Scold

Of birds, to make vocalisations that resemble human scolding.
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Abuse

Rough treatment or use
Shoes that have taken a lot of abuse.
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Scold

Misconstruction of scald
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Abuse

Physical maltreatment or violence
Spousal abuse.
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Scold

To find fault or rail with rude clamor; to brawl; to utter harsh, rude, boisterous rebuke; to chide sharply or coarsely; - often with at; as, to scold at a servant.
Pardon me, lords, 't is the first time everI was forced to scold.
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Abuse

Sexual abuse.
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Scold

To chide with rudeness and clamor; to rate; also, to rebuke or reprove with severity.
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Abuse

Insulting or hurtful language, especially when used to threaten or demoralize
Subjected her subordinates to verbal abuse.
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Scold

One who scolds, or makes a practice of scolding; esp., a rude, clamorous woman; a shrew.
She is an irksome, brawling scold.
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Abuse

An unjust or wrongful practice
A government that commits abuses against its citizens.
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Scold

A scolding; a brawl.
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Abuse

Improper treatment or usage; application to a wrong or bad purpose; an unjust, corrupt or wrongful practice or custom.
All abuse, whether physical, verbal, psychological or sexual, is bad.
Human rights abuses.
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Scold

Someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
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Abuse

Misuse; improper use; perversion.
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Scold

Censure severely or angrily;
The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car
The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup
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Abuse

(obsolete) A delusion; an imposture; misrepresentation; deception.
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Scold

Show one's unhappiness or critical attitude;
He scolded about anything that he thought was wrong
We grumbled about the increased work load
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Abuse

Coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; language that unjustly or angrily vilifies.
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Abuse

Catachresis.
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Abuse

Physical maltreatment; injury; cruel treatment.
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Abuse

Violation; defilement; rape; forcing of undesired sexual activity by one person on another, often on a repeated basis.
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Abuse

(transitive) To put to a wrong use; to misapply; to use improperly; to misuse; to use for a wrong purpose or end; to pervert
He abused his authority.
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Abuse

(transitive) To injure; to maltreat; to hurt; to treat with cruelty, especially repeatedly.
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Abuse

(transitive) To attack with coarse language; to insult; to revile; malign; to speak in an offensive manner to or about someone; to disparage.
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Abuse

(transitive) 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.
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Abuse

To violate; defile; to rape; (reflexive) to masturbate.
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Abuse

Misrepresent; adulterate.
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Abuse

To deceive; to trick; to impose on; misuse the confidence of.
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Abuse

Disuse.
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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.
This principle (if one may so abuse the word) shoots rapidly into popularity.
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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.
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Abuse

To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.
The . . . tellers of news abused the general.
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Abuse

To dishonor.
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Abuse

To violate; to ravish.
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Abuse

To deceive; to impose on.
Their eyes red and staring, cozened with a moist cloud, and abused by a double object.
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Abuse

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

Physical ill treatment; injury.
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Abuse

A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service.
Abuse after disappeared without a struggle..
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Abuse

Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling.
The two parties, after exchanging a good deal of abuse, came to blows.
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Abuse

Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child.
Or is it some abuse, and no such thing?
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Abuse

Cruel or inhumane treatment
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Abuse

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
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Abuse

Improper or excessive use
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Abuse

Treat badly;
This boss abuses his workers
She is always stepping on others to get ahead
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Abuse

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
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Abuse

Use foul or abusive language towards;
The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket
The angry mother shouted at the teacher
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