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1A person who uses something to bad effect or for a bad purpose:‘notorious abusers of the English language’
- ‘You should focus your efforts on what makes a time abuser anxious instead of teaching him how to organize his day.’
- ‘It is not always easy to identify or apprehend abusers of fireworks.’
- ‘He spoke out against abusers of aid for the victims, ensuring that funds didn't fall prey to charity scams.’
- ‘I had not been persecuted by any abusers of authority.’
- ‘The federation represents the group that traditionally has been one of the worst abusers of ordinary consumers.’
- ‘Signatories to the convention agree to institute the necessary legislation to prevent abusers of power from reaping the rewards of corruption.’
- ‘Many believe that the authorities in their countries of origin should give a lot less freedom to abusers of lax laws.’
- ‘These mind abusers Ayn Rand is talking about are today's educators.’
- ‘The dotcom era of the late 90s saw some of the worst abusers of pro-forma earnings manipulations.’
- ‘The chief villain here is technology, or, at least, its malicious abusers.’
- 1.1 A person who makes excessive and habitual use of alcohol or drugs, especially illegal ones:‘a chronic cocaine abuser’
2A person who treats another person or animal with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly:‘a vicious abuser who beats both his wife and his son’
- ‘He said his abuser, who is now dead, once attacked him with a crucifix.’
- ‘Some cases remain under wraps for a long time simply because the young victims fear being punished by their abusers.’
- ‘The reality was that he was a vile child abuser who deserved whatever criticism he got.’
- ‘In more than two-thirds of reported cases, the abusers are family members, according to the National Research Center on Elder Abuse.’
- ‘A substantial amount of evidence was found by police to indicate that this was a serial abuser.’
- ‘We must also reach out to abusers and their children, teaching them more peaceful ways to resolve conflict.’
- ‘She described him as a drinker and wife abuser who was also a patriot who served as a militia captain during the Revolutionary War.’
- ‘If a clamp down is to be made on beach sellers, these animal abusers should be the first in line.’
- ‘Let's register the emotional and physical abusers.’
- ‘The police presence would be greatly appreciated if they took steps to punish the abusers to the fullest extent of the law.’
- 2.1 A person who sexually assaults someone, especially a woman or child:‘how much do we know about what makes someone a sexual abuser?’
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