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MISUSE, verb transitive misyu'ze.

1. To treat or use improperly; to use to a bad purpose.

2. To abuse; to treat ill.

MISUSE, noun misyu'se. Ill treatment; improper use; employment to a bad purpose; as the misuse of mercies.

1. Abuse; ill treatment.

2. Wrong application; misapplication; erroneous use; as the misuse of words.