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Abuse (noun)

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Abu'se. n.s. [from the verb abuse.]

  1. The ill use of any thing.

    The casting away things profitable for the sustenance of man's life, is an unthankful abuse of the fruits of God's good providence towards mankind. Hooker, b. v. § 9.

                    Little knows
    Any, but God alone, to value right
    The good before him, but perverts best things
    To worst abuse, or to their meanest use.
    Parad. Lost, b. iv.

  2. A corrupt practice, bad custom.

    The nature of things is such, that, if abuses be not remedied, they will certainly encrease. Swift for Advancem. of Relig.

  3. Seducement.

    Was it not enough for him to have deceived me, and through the deceit abused me, and, after the abuse, forsaken me, but that he must now, of all the company, and before all the company, lay want of beauty to my charge. Sidney, b. ii.

  4. Unjust censure, rude reproach, contumely.

                I dark in light, expos'd
    To daily fraud, contempt, abuse, and wrong.
    Samps. Agon.

Sources: Hooker, Richard (175) · Milton, John (449) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Abuse (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 31, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=1304.


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