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abuse vb. (precise meaning often doubtful; in many examples two or more senses are blended)
1. to impose upon, cheat, deceive Ado V. ii. 104, Ham. II. ii. 640, Lr. IV. i. 22 “thy abused father's wrath,” IV. vii. 77, Cym. I. iv. 129.
2. to ill-use, maltreat, do violence to Wiv. I. i. 3, Err. V. i. 199, R3 I. iii. 52 “his simple truth must be a-d,” Rom. IV. i. 29, Lr. IV. vii. 15, Sonn. xlii. 7.
4. to disgrace, dishonour Wiv. II. ii. 310, 1H6 IV. v. 41.
5. to malign, revile Tim. II. ii. 48, Oth. V. i. 123.
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