1 wrong/bad use of sth
alcohol, drug, solvent, substance (= drugs, etc.)
systematic, widespread
prevent, stop
investigate, report
be open to

The legal system is open to abuse.

abuse of

abuse of prisoners

the abuse of power
2 bad, usually violent treatment of sb
emotional, physical, psychological, sex, sexual
child, elder (esp. AmE), prisoner, spousal (esp. AmE)

victims of child abuse

human rights abuses

allegations of human rights abuses

alleged, suspected

six cases of suspected child abuse

subject sb to

She was subjected to regular sexual abuse.

experience, suffer, take

The child had taken a lot of emotional abuse.

allege, suspect sb of
happen, occur, take place
an allegation of abuse

allegations of child abuse

a perpetrator of abuse
a victim of abuse
3 insulting words
personal, racial (esp. BrE), racist
stream, torrent

He was subjected to a torrent of personal abuse.

hurl, scream, shout, shower sb with, subject sb to

They had to endure continual racist abuse.

heap abuse on sb/sth

Abuse and scorn were heaped on the proposals.

a target for abuse, a target of abuse

The team who lost became a target of abuse for angry fans.

a term of abuse

Calling someone stupid is definitely a term of abuse.

emotionally, mentally, physically, sexually, verbally

All the children had been physically and emotionally abused.

badly, severely
Abuse is used with these nouns as the object: ↑alcohol, ↑authority, ↑child, ↑cocaine, ↑hospitality, ↑power, ↑privilege, ↑substance, ↑trust, ↑woman

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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