[n] cruel or inhumane treatment
[n] improper or excessive use
[n] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"
[v] treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"
blackguard, clapperclaw, contumely, ill-treat, ill-treatment, ill-usage, ill-use, insult, maltreat, maltreatment, mistreat, misuse, misuse, pervert, revilement, shout, vilification
assail, assault, attack, billingsgate, child abuse, child neglect, cruelty, curse, cut, discourtesy, disrespect, do by, drug abuse, employment, exercise, expend, fracture, habit, handle, inhuman treatment, invective, kick around, lash out, low blow, mistreatment, persecution, rail, revile, round, scurrility, slang, snipe, stinger, substance abuse, take in vain, treat, usage, use, use, utilisation, utilization, vilify, vitriol, vituperate, vituperation