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Word Example of - abuse

    Example Sentences for abuse

    Abuse, cruelty, outrage, accumulated on the heads of the poor Aleuts.

    The pension system in the United States is an abuse which has escaped from control.

    If the question were resolutely faced, the abuse could be stopped.

    We may be confident that Serbia will not abuse her position.

    Yf they had an Alexander to govern they shold be punished, and I could wish them not to abuse the lenitie of their prince.

    But I presume no one will judge of an art by the abuse that may be made of it.

    Out of these circumstances grew up the abuse of “paper blockades.”

    The law does not enable me to use or abuse this book which lies before me.

    If thou hast perused me, what lesser favour canst thou grant than not to abuse me with unjust application?

    All that was an abuse of the former Government, about which enough has been said.

Word Origin & History of - abuse

    Word Origin & History

    abuse early 15c., from M.Fr. abuser, from V.L. *abusare, from L. abusus, pp. of abuti "use up," also "misuse," from ab- "away" + uti "use" (see use). Specifically of drugs, from 1968. The noun is first recorded mid-15c., from Fr. abus (14c.).

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