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abuse to deceive, to impose upon: “I am mightily abused” KING LEAR, iv. 7. 53 ; ( “I am strangely imposed on by appearances, I am in a strange mist of uncertainty,” JOHNSON) “The Moor's abused by some most villanous knave,” OTHELLO, iv. 2. 140 ; “You are a great deal abused in too bold a persuasion,” CYMBELINE, i. 4. 109 ; “abuses me to damn me,” HAMLET, ii. 2. 599.

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