alleged, possible
gross, serious
criminal (AmE)

Can manufacturers be held liable for the criminal misuse of their products?

alcohol, drug, substance

alcohol misuse among teenagers

computer (esp. BrE)

He was fired for computer misuse.

prevent, stop
through misuse

pollution caused through misuse of pesticides

misuse of

He was accused of the misuse of public funds. (esp. BrE)


He had grossly misused his power.

widely misused

‘Marketing’ is a widely misused word in the book business.

Misuse is used with these nouns as the object: ↑fund, ↑word

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  • misuse — I noun abuse, degradation, erroneous use, ill treatment, ill usage, ill use, improper usage, improper use, incorrect usage, incorrect use, maladministration, malpractice, maltreatment, misapplication, misappropriation, misemployment, mishandling …   Law dictionary

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  • Misuse — Mis*use (m[i^]s*[=u]z ), v. t. [F. m[ e]suser. See {Mis }, prefix from French, and {Use}.] 1. To treat or use improperly; to use to a bad purpose; to misapply; as, to misuse one s talents. South. [1913 Webster] The sweet poison of misused wine.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misuse — [n] abuse; wrong application abusage, barbarism, catachresis, corruption, cruel treatment, desecration, dissipation, exploitation, harm, ill treatment, injury, malapropism, maltreatment, misapplication, misemployment, mistreatment, misusage,… …   New thesaurus

  • misuse — vb *abuse, mistreat, maltreat, ill treat, outrage Analogous words: hurt, *injure, harm, damage, impair, mar, spoil: pervert, *debase, corrupt Antonyms: respect Contrasted words: esteem, regard (see under REGARD n): cherish, treasure, prize,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • misuse — ► VERB 1) use wrongly. 2) treat badly or unfairly. ► NOUN ▪ the action of misusing something …   English terms dictionary

  • misuse — [mis yo͞oz′; ] for n. [, mis yo͞os′, mis′yo͞os΄] vt. misused, misusing 1. to use incorrectly or improperly; misapply 2. to treat badly or harshly; abuse n. 1. incorrect or improper use 2. Obs. bad or harsh treatment …   English World dictionary

  • Misuse — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Misuse >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 misuse misuse misusage misemployment misapplication misappropriation GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 abuse abuse profanation prostitution desecration Sgm: N 2 waste …   English dictionary for students

  • misuse — mis|use1 [ˌmısˈju:z] v [T] 1.) to use something for the wrong purpose, or in the wrong way, often with harmful results ▪ Even harmless drugs can be misused. ▪ The term schizophrenia is often misused. ▪ There is concern that the judges might… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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