abuse Synonyms: n 1 assault, cruel treatment, ill-treatment, maltreatment, misappropriation, misuse, perversion. 2 verbal abuse. curse, execration, imprecation, insult, invective, obloquy, obscenity, slander, vilification, vituperation.
1 batter, damage, exploit, harm, hurt, ill-treat, injure, maltreat, manhandle, misemploy, misuse, molest, rape, spoil, treat roughly.
2 abuse verbally. affront, berate, be rude to, inf call names, castigate, criticize, curse, defame, denigrate, disparage, insult, inveigh against, libel, malign, revile, slander, inf slate, inf smear, sneer at, swear at, traduce, upbraid, vilify, vituperate, wrong.