abusion

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English abusioun, from Old French abusion, from Latin abūsiō (abuse, misuse), from abūtor (misuse).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

abusion (plural abusions)

  1. (obsolete) Misuse, abuse. [Attested from around 1350 to 1470 until the late 17th century.][2]
  2. (obsolete) Abuse of the truth; deceit, lying. [Attested from around 1350 to 1470 until the late 17th century.][2]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.xi:
      by those vgly formes weren pourtrayd, / Foolish delights and fond abusions, / Which do that sence besiege with light illusions.
  3. (obsolete) Violation of law or propriety; outrage, improper behaviour. [Attested from around 1350 to 1470 until the late 17th century.][2]
  4. (obsolete) Catachresis. [Attested from around 1350 to 1470 until the late 17th century.][2]
  5. (obsolete) Physical, mental, verbal, or sexual abuse. [Attested from around 1350 to 1470 until the late 17th century.][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], ISBN 0-87779-101-5), page 8
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 10

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

abusion f (oblique plural abusions, nominative singular abusion, nominative plural abusions)

  1. abuse
  2. deception; deceit
  3. lie; untruth

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