Synonyms of abuse in English:

abuse


See definition of abuse

verb

1‘the judge abused his power by imposing the fines’

SYNONYMS
misuse, misapply, misemploy, mishandle
exploit, pervert, take advantage of

2‘he was accused of abusing children’

SYNONYMS
mistreat, maltreat, ill-treat, treat badly, ill-use, misuse
handle roughly, treat roughly, knock about, knock around, manhandle, mishandle, maul, molest, interfere with, indecently assault, sexually abuse, sexually assault, grope, assault, hit, strike, beat
injure, hurt, harm, damage
wrong, bully, persecute, oppress, torture
informal beat up, rough up, do over
ANTONYMS

look after

3‘the referee was abused by players from both teams’

SYNONYMS
insult, be rude to, swear at, curse, call someone names, taunt, shout at, scold, rebuke, upbraid, reprove, castigate, inveigh against, impugn, slur, revile, smear, vilify, vituperate against, slander, libel, cast aspersions on, offend, slight, disparage, denigrate, defame
British informal slag off
North American informal trash-talk
archaic miscall
ANTONYMS

compliment, flatter


noun

1‘this law is not going to stop the abuse of power’

SYNONYMS
misuse, misapplication, misemployment, mishandling
exploitation, perversion

2‘the abuse of children is a major social problem’

SYNONYMS
mistreatment, maltreatment, ill treatment, ill use, misuse
rough treatment, manhandling, mishandling, molestation, interference, indecent assault, sexual abuse, sexual assault, assaulting, hitting, striking, beating
injury, hurt, harm, damage
wronging, bullying, persecution, oppression, torture
informal beating up, roughing up, doing over
ANTONYMS

care

3‘the scheme is open to political control and administrative abuse’

SYNONYMS
corruption, injustice, wrongdoing, wrong, misconduct, delinquency, misdeed, misdeeds, offence, offences, crime, fault, sin

4‘torrents of abuse’

SYNONYMS
insults, curses, jibes, slurs, expletives, swear words
swearing, cursing, name-calling, scolding
rebukes, upbraiding, reproval, invective, castigation, revilement, vilification, vituperation, slander, libel, slights, disparagement, denigration, defamation
informal slanging, a slanging match, mud-slinging, disrespect
British informal verbal, verbals
North American informal trash talk
archaic contumely
ANTONYMS

compliments, flattery