misuse

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

mis- + use (noun)

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Noun[edit]

misuse (plural misuses)

  1. An incorrect, improper or unlawful use of something.
    • 2012 June 4, Lewis Smith, “Queen's English Society says enuf is enough, innit?”, the Guardian:
      The Queen may be celebrating her jubilee but the Queen's English Society, which has railed against the misuse and deterioration of the English language, is to fold.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From mis- + use (verb)

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Verb[edit]

misuse (third-person singular simple present misuses, present participle misusing, simple past and past participle misused)

  1. (transitive) To use (something) incorrectly.
  2. (transitive) To abuse or mistreat (something or someone).
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To abuse verbally, to insult.
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