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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ABUSING

Now, sir, where's the good of your abusing me, as if it was my fault?

Abusing Gurard, I went upstairs to my mother, whom I found at the open door.

I am charged with being "dissatisfied with every thing, and abusing every body."

My-Boots understood, and again set to abusing the old Jew Colombe.

He was abusing the ardent faith and trust of his disciples, this false apostle!

Everybody is abusing him now, and railing at him and insulting him.

How he would like to catch somebody else abusing her that way!

There will be a half a dozen speeches, each vying with the other in abusing me.

He had early become a bully, abusing smaller and weaker boys.

Take my advice, therefore, and abstain from abusing your gun.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "improper practice," from Old French abus (14c.), from Latin abusus (see abuse (v.)). Earlier in Middle English was abusion "wicked act or practice, shameful thing, violation of decency" (early 14c.), "an insult" (mid-14c.).

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