Mis*use" (?), v. t. [F. m'esuser. See Mis-, prefix from French, and Use.]

1.

To treat or use improperly; to use to a bad purpose; to misapply; as, to misuse one's talents.

South.

The sweet poison of misused wine. Milton.

2.

To abuse; to treat ill.

O, she misused me past the endurance of a block. Shak.

Syn. -- To maltreat; abuse; misemploy; misapply.

 

© Webster 1913.


Mis*use" (?), n.

1.

Wrong use; misapplication; erroneous or improper use.

Words little suspected for any such misuse. Locke.

2.

Violence, or its effects.

[Obs.]

Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.

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