• IPA: /mɪsˈjuːs/


  1. An incorrect, improper or unlawful use#Noun|use of something.
  • French: mésusage
  • German: missbräuchliche Nutzung, Fehlbedienung, Fehlgebrauch, Fehlnutzung, Missbrauch, Zweckentfremdung
  • Spanish: mal uso
  • IPA: /mɪsˈjuːz/

misuse (misuses, present participle misusing; past and past participle misused)

  1. (transitive) To use (something) incorrectly. [from 14th c.]
  2. (transitive) To abuse or mistreat (something or someone). [from 14th c.]
  3. (transitive) To rape (a woman); later more generally, to sexually abuse (someone). [from 14th c.]
    • 2013, Philipp Meyer, The Son, Simon & Schuster 2014, p. 326:
      “If that is true she would be the first case I have ever heard of, as most female captives are misused by the entire tribe.”
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To abuse verbally, to insult. [16th-17th c.]
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition II, section 3, member 7:
      Socrates was brought upon the stage by Aristophanes, and misused to his face: but he laughed, as if it concerned him not […].
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