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Synonyms of 'misuse'

(noun) 
Definition
incorrect, improper, or careless use
the misuse of public funds
Synonyms
waste
The whole project is a complete waste of time and resources.
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squandering
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dissipation
the dissipation of my wealth
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fraudulent use
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misemployment
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misusage
(noun) 
Definition
incorrect, improper, or careless use
the misuse of power
Synonyms
abuse
an abuse of power
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exploitation
the exploitation of the corporation's workforce
(noun) 
Definition
incorrect, improper, or careless use
the misuse of technology in sport
Synonyms
misapplication
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illegal use
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wrong use
(noun) 
Definition
incorrect, improper, or careless use
Fundamentalism is a deplorable misuse of a faith.
Synonyms
perversion
a monstrous perversion of justice
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distortion
He accused reporters of wilful distortion.
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desecration
The whole area has been shocked by the desecration of the cemetery.
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profanation
(noun) 
Definition
incorrect, improper, or careless use
his hilarious misuse of words
Synonyms
misapplication
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malapropism
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catachresis
(noun) 
Definition
cruel or inhumane treatment
the history of the misuse of indigenous peoples
Synonyms
mistreatment
police brutality and mistreatment of people in prisons
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abuse
an investigation into alleged animal abuse
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manhandling
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ill-treatment
Some had died as a result of ill-treatment.
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maltreatment
Two thousand prisoners died as a result of maltreatment.
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rough handling
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inhumane treatment
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cruel treatment
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ill-usage
(verb) 
Definition
to use wrongly
She misused her position in the government.
Synonyms
abuse
He showed how the rich and powerful can abuse their position.
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misapply
The law has been misapplied.
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misemploy
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prostitute
His friends said that he had prostituted his talents.
(verb) 
The committee has cleared leaders of misusing funds.
Synonyms
waste
We can't afford to waste money on another holiday.
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squander
He had squandered his chances to win.
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dissipate
Her father had dissipated her inheritance.
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embezzle
The director embezzled $34 million in company funds.
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misappropriate
I have not misappropriated any funds whatsoever.
(verb) 
Definition
to treat badly or harshly
His parents should not have misused him.
Synonyms
mistreat
She has been mistreated by men in the past.
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abuse
People responsible for abusing prisoners must be held accountable.
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harm
The hijackers seemed anxious not to harm anyone.
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exploit
Casual workers are being exploited for very low wages.
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wrong
She felt she had been wronged.
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molest
He was accused of sexually molesting a colleague.
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ill-treat
The rescued hostages said they had not been ill-treated.
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maltreat
He was not maltreated during his detention.
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ill-use
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handle roughly
Opposites
(verb) 
breaking a taboo, misusing a sacred ceremony
Synonyms
profane
They have profaned the traditions of the Church.
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corrupt
Cruelty depraves and corrupts.
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desecrate
She shouldn't have desecrated the picture of a religious leader
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pervert
attempting to pervert the course of justice

Additional synonyms

in the sense of corrupt
Definition
to make corrupt
Cruelty depraves and corrupts.
in the sense of desecrate
Definition
to violate the sacred character of (an object or place)
She shouldn't have desecrated the picture of a religious leader
in the sense of desecration
The whole area has been shocked by the desecration of the cemetery.

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