Synonyms of abuse in English:

abuse


See definition of abuse

verb

1‘the judge abused his power by imposing the fines’

SYNONYMS

misuse, misapply, misemploy, mishandle

exploit, pervert, take advantage of

2‘he was accused of abusing children’

SYNONYMS

mistreat, maltreat, ill-treat, treat badly, ill-use, misuse

handle roughly, treat roughly, knock about, knock around, manhandle, mishandle, maul, molest, interfere with, indecently assault, sexually abuse, sexually assault, grope, assault, hit, strike, beat

injure, hurt, harm, damage

wrong, bully, persecute, oppress, torture

informal beat up, rough up, do over

ANTONYMS

look after

3‘the referee was abused by players from both teams’

SYNONYMS

insult, be rude to, swear at, curse, call someone names, taunt, shout at, scold, rebuke, upbraid, reprove, castigate, inveigh against, impugn, slur, revile, smear, vilify, vituperate against, slander, libel, cast aspersions on, offend, slight, disparage, denigrate, defame

British informal slag off

North American informal trash-talk

archaic miscall

ANTONYMS

compliment, flatter


noun

1‘this law is not going to stop the abuse of power’

SYNONYMS

misuse, misapplication, misemployment, mishandling

exploitation, perversion

2‘the abuse of children is a major social problem’

SYNONYMS

mistreatment, maltreatment, ill treatment, ill use, misuse

rough treatment, manhandling, mishandling, molestation, interference, indecent assault, sexual abuse, sexual assault, assaulting, hitting, striking, beating

injury, hurt, harm, damage

wronging, bullying, persecution, oppression, torture

informal beating up, roughing up, doing over

ANTONYMS

care

3‘the scheme is open to political control and administrative abuse’

SYNONYMS

corruption, injustice, wrongdoing, wrong, misconduct, delinquency, crime, fault, sin

4‘torrents of abuse’

SYNONYMS

insults, curses, jibes, slurs, expletives, swear words

North American informal trash talk

archaic contumely

swearing, cursing, name-calling, scolding

rebukes, upbraiding, reproval, invective, castigation, revilement, vilification, vituperation, slander, libel, slights, disparagement, denigration, defamation

informal slanging, a slanging match, mud-slinging, disrespect

ANTONYMS

compliments, flattery