a‧buse1 S2 W3
1 [plural, uncountable]
cruel or violent treatment of someone:
several cases of child abuse
An independent committee will look into alleged human rights abuses.
2 [uncountable and countable]
the use of something in a way that it should not be used [= misuse]
A self-monitoring tax system is clearly open to abuse (=able to be used wrongly).
alcohol/drug abuse (=the practice of drinking too much or taking illegal drugs)➔ solvent abuse
rude or offensive things that someone says when they are angry:
vandalism and verbal abuse directed at old people
a torrent/stream of abuse (=a series of rude or angry words)
shout/hurl/scream abuse at somebody
The other driver started hurling abuse at me.