Definition of abuser in US English:

abuser

noun

  • 1A person who uses something to bad effect or for a bad purpose.

    ‘notorious abusers of the English language’
    • ‘The chief villain here is technology, or, at least, its malicious abusers.’
    • ‘These mind abusers Ayn Rand is talking about are today's educators.’
    • ‘You should focus your efforts on what makes a time abuser anxious instead of teaching him how to organize his day.’
    • ‘I had not been persecuted by any abusers of authority.’
    • ‘Many believe that the authorities in their countries of origin should give a lot less freedom to abusers of lax laws.’
    • ‘The federation represents the group that traditionally has been one of the worst abusers of ordinary consumers.’
    • ‘It is not always easy to identify or apprehend abusers of fireworks.’
    • ‘Signatories to the convention agree to institute the necessary legislation to prevent abusers of power from reaping the rewards of corruption.’
    • ‘He spoke out against abusers of aid for the victims, ensuring that funds didn't fall prey to charity scams.’
    • ‘The dotcom era of the late 90s saw some of the worst abusers of pro-forma earnings manipulations.’
    1. 1.1 A person who makes excessive and habitual use of alcohol or drugs, especially illegal ones.
      ‘a chronic cocaine abuser’
      • ‘The confrontational approach can backfire, ultimately fueling resistance on the part of the substance abuser.’
      • ‘Street youth involved in prostitution have been found to be more likely to be abusers of crack cocaine.’
      • ‘Occasionally, judges experiment with punishments: mandatory membership in a book club for a drug abuser, a day of wearing dresses for two men who harassed women.’
      • ‘Drug abusers will abuse these medications, but people who are not drug abusers take what the doctor recommends.’
      • ‘I'm a celebrity substance abuser—get me out of this sticky nightmare ballad!’
      • ‘Even if the bio-parents are drug abusers or drunkards, the child still has that yearning to know where they come from.’
      • ‘More than 65 percent are substance abusers.’
      • ‘The authors found that treating drug abusers reduced the crime they committed by 51 percent.’
      • ‘They met where she did marital and family counseling and he worked with substance abusers.’
      • ‘Strong defenses and a sense of denial are hallmarks of the substance abuser's psychology.’
  • 2A person who treats another person or animal with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly.

    ‘abusers often control the victim's access to friends and family’
    • ‘In more than two-thirds of reported cases, the abusers are family members, according to the National Research Center on Elder Abuse.’
    • ‘We must also reach out to abusers and their children, teaching them more peaceful ways to resolve conflict.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said his abuser, who is now dead, once attacked him with a crucifix.’
    • ‘Let's register the emotional and physical abusers.’
    • ‘If a clamp down is to be made on beach sellers, these animal abusers should be the first in line.’
    • ‘The police presence would be greatly appreciated if they took steps to punish the abusers to the fullest extent of the law.’
    • ‘She described him as a drinker and wife abuser who was also a patriot who served as a militia captain during the Revolutionary War.’
    • ‘A substantial amount of evidence was found by police to indicate that this was a serial abuser.’
    1. 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?’
      • ‘Even those daughters who identified their fathers as the abuser blamed their mothers for failing to protect them.’
      • ‘Let's not forget the rapid distribution of child pornography, or the ease with which sex abusers can connect with victims all over the country.’
      • ‘In some cases, unfunded laws are examples of "feel good" legislation and are not effective with all sexual abusers.’
      • ‘Some survivors become strong enough to confront their abusers, but allow your counselor to help you figure out what's best for you.’
      • ‘I have campaigned for the safety of children, in order to protect them from sex abusers, and I have used the parliamentary process to do that properly.’
      • ‘I ask the question, because there is a strong link between viewers of child pornography and child abusers.’
      • ‘They learn to associate sexuality with guilt because of messages about the sexual behavior from the abuser or others who learned about the abuse.’
      • ‘What message was he giving to pedophiles and child abusers when he said, if a 12-year-old girl is sexually mature and she is pregnant, she is also a woman?’
      • ‘The only people who are against this bill are those who are consistently and constantly concerned with the rights of child sex abusers.’
      • ‘After all, few women would knowingly choose a sexual abuser as their gynecologist.’

Pronunciation

abuser

/əˈbyo͞ozər//əˈbjuzər/