Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of an entity, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit.Abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, assault, violation, rape, unjust practices; crimes, or other types of aggression.

Abuse of authority, in the form of political corruption, is the use of legislated or otherwise authorised powers by government officials, for illegitimate private gain. Misuse of government power for other purposes, such as repression of political opponents and general police brutality, is not considered political corruption. Neither are illegal acts by private persons or corporations not directly involved with the government. An illegal act by an officeholder constitutes political corruption only if the act is directly related to their official duties.

Abuse of authority is separated from abuse of power in that the act is originally condoned, but is extended beyond that initially conceived and is in not all cases.

Types of abuse:

Abuse of corpse

Abuse of discretion

Abuse of information

Abuse of power

Abuse of process

Abuse of rank

Abuse of statistics

Abuse of the system

Abuse of trust

Abusive supervision

Academic abus

Ad hominem abuse

Adolescent abuse

Alcohol abuseBullying

Parental abuse of children

Child sexual abuse

Examples of abuse in a sentence

  1. He subjected his wife to physical and emotional abuse.

  2. the buying of votes and other election abuses

  3. She was subjected to every term of abuse her boss could think of.

  4. a torrent of verbal abuse

  5. The prisoner hurled abuse at the judge.


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