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Misuse, vb. 1) to employ ill, to use to a wrong and bad purpose: “I have --d the king's press damnably,” H4A IV, 2, 13. “m. the tenour of thy kinsman's trust,” V, 5, 5. “he --s thy favours,” H4B II, 2, 138. “you m. the reverence of your place,” IV, 2, 23. “thyself thyself --st,” R3 IV, 4, 376 (Ff thy self is self-misused). swear not by time to come, for that thou hast --d ere used, by time --d (Ff times ill-used) “o'erpast,” R3 IV, 4, 376
2) to treat ill: “we cannot m. him enough,” Wiv. IV, 2, 105.
3) to speak falsely of, to misrepresent: “all my vows are oaths but to m. thee,” Sonn. 152, 7.
4) to speak ill of, to revile: “O, she --d me past the endurance of a block,” Ado II, 1, 246. “you have simply --d our sex in your love-prate,” As IV, 1, 205. “with twenty such vile terms, as had she studied to m. me so,” Shr. II, 160.
5) to deceive: “proof enough to m. the prince,” Ado II, 2, 28.
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