Synonyms of 'misuse'
1 wasteDictionary, embezzlement, squandering
the misuse of public funds
2 abuseDictionary, corruption, exploitation
the misuse of power
3 misapplicationDictionary, abuse, illegal use
the misuse of drugs in sport
4 perversionDictionary, distortion, desecration
Fundamentalism is a deplorable misuse of a faith.
5 misapplicationDictionary, solecism, malapropism
his hilarious misuse of words
6 mistreatmentDictionary, abuse, harm
the history of the misuse of Aborigines
police brutality and mistreatment of people in prisons
an investigation into alleged child abuse
Some had died as a result of ill-treatment.
Two thousand prisoners died as a result of maltreatment.
1 abuseDictionary, misapply, misemploy
She misused her position in the government.
2 wasteDictionary, squander, dissipate
The committee has cleared leaders of misusing funds.
3 mistreatDictionary, abuse, injure
His parents should not have misused him.
She has been mistreated by men in the past.
She had been abused by her father.
The hijackers seemed anxious not to harm anyone.
Casual workers are being exploited for slave wages.
She felt she had been wronged.
He was accused of sexually molesting a colleague.
The rescued hostages said they had not been ill-treated.
He was not maltreated during his detention.
4 profaneDictionary, corrupt, desecrate
breaking a taboo, misusing a sacred ceremony
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To corrupt someone means to cause them to stop caring about moral standards.
Cruelty depraves and corrupts.
If someone desecrates something which is considered to be holy or very special, they deliberately damage or insult it.
She shouldn't have desecrated the picture of a religious leader
Thesaurus for misuse from the Collins English Thesaurus
The misuse of something is incorrect , careless , or dishonest use of it.