|Origin:||abuser, from Latin abusus, past participle of abuti, from ab- 'away' + uti 'to use'|
to treat someone in a cruel and violent way, often sexually
She was sexually abused as a child.
to deliberately use something for the wrong purpose or for your own advantage:
Williams abused his position as Mayor to give jobs to his friends.
Morris abused the trust the firm had shown in him.
people who abuse the system
The proportion of drinkers who abuse alcohol is actually quite small.
to say rude or offensive things to someone [= insult]:
Many soldiers in Belfast are verbally abused.
He came to the help of another driver who was being racially abused by three white passengers.
to treat something so badly that you start to destroy it:
James abused his body for years with heroin and cocaine.
—abuser noun [countable]