Synonyms of misuse
1 wasteDictionary • the misuse of public funds
waste • The whole project is a complete waste of time and resources.
dissipation • the dissipation of my wealth
2 abuseDictionary • the misuse of power
abuse • an abuse of power
exploitation • the exploitation of working women
4 perversionDictionary • Fundamentalism is a deplorable misuse of a faith.
perversion • a monstrous perversion of justice
distortion • He accused reporters of wilful distortion.
desecration • The whole area has been shocked by the desecration of the cemetery.
5 misapplicationDictionary • his hilarious misuse of words
6 mistreatmentDictionary • the history of the misuse of Aborigines
mistreatment • police brutality and mistreatment of people in prisons
abuse • an investigation into alleged child abuse
ill-treatment • Some had died as a result of ill-treatment.
maltreatment • Two thousand prisoners died as a result of maltreatment.
1 abuseDictionary • She misused her position in the government.
abuse • He showed how the rich and powerful can abuse their position.
misapply • The law has been misapplied.
prostitute • His friends said that he had prostituted his talents.
2 wasteDictionary • The committee has cleared leaders of misusing funds.
waste • We can't afford to waste money on another holiday.
squander • He had squandered his chances to win.
dissipate • Her father had dissipated her inheritance.
embezzle • The director embezzled $34 million in company funds.
misappropriate • I have not misappropriated any funds whatsoever.
3 mistreatDictionary • His parents should not have misused him.
mistreat • She has been mistreated by men in the past.
abuse • She had been abused by her father.
harm • The hijackers seemed anxious not to harm anyone.
exploit • Casual workers are being exploited for slave wages.
wrong • She felt she had been wronged.
molest • He was accused of sexually molesting a colleague.
ill-treat • The rescued hostages said they had not been ill-treated.
maltreat • He was not maltreated during his detention.
4 profaneDictionary • breaking a taboo, misusing a sacred ceremony
profane • They have profaned the traditions of the Church.
corrupt • Cruelty depraves and corrupts.
desecrate • She shouldn't have desecrated the picture of a religious leader
pervert • officers attempting to pervert the course of justice
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abuseAbuse of something is the use of it in a wrong way or for a bad purpose.
• an abuse of power
• an investigation into alleged child abuse
abuseIf you abuse something, you use it in a wrong way or for a bad purpose.
• He showed how the rich and powerful can abuse their position.
Thesaurus for misuse from the Collins English Thesaurus