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abuse-2

{h,2}abuse ə-byüs n 1
:improper, unfair, or excessive use ⁓ of authority drug ⁓
2 a
:the infliction of physical or emotional injury
also
:the crime of inflicting such injury see also battered child syndrome battered woman's syndrome compare cruelty neglect
b
:sexual abuse
3
:a verbal attack (as on a police officer in the performance of his or her duty)
also
:the crime of making such an attack