ETYM French abus, Latin abusus, from abuti. Related to Abuse.
1. Cruel or inhumane treatment
2. Improper or excessive use
3. A rude expression intended to offend or hurt; SYN. insult, revilement, contumely.
Misuse; outrage; deception.
The quality of being abusive; rudeness of language, or violence to the person.
1. The act of entering gradually or silently upon the rights or possessions of another; unlawful intrusion.
2. That which is taken by encroaching on another.
3. An unlawful diminution of the possessions of another.
The act of flinging.
ETYM Latin laceratio: cf. French lacération.
1. Tearing injury resulting in a wound with jagged edges.
2. A torn ragged wound.
3. The act of lacerating.
Variant (chiefly British) of offense.
ETYM French, from Latin offensa. Related to Offend.
1. The action of attacking the enemy; SYN. offence, offensive.
2. (Sports) The team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score.
3. (Sports) That part of a team that specializes in offensive maneuvers.
4. (Stress on second syllable) Umbrage or anger; to feel offended.
ETYM Latin violatio: cf. French violation.
An act that disregards an agreement or a right; SYN. infringement.