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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section II. Prospective Volition
3. Precursory Measures
 
679. Misuse.
 
  
NOUN:MISUSE, misusage, misemployment, misapplication, misappropriation.
  ABUSE, profanation, prostitution, desecration; waste [See Waste].
  
VERB:MISUSE, misemploy, misapply, misappropriate.
  DESECRATE, abuse, profane, prostitute.
  OVERTASK, overtax, overwork, overdrive; squander [See Prodigality]; waste [See Waste].
  cut blocks with a razor, employ a steam engine to crack a nut; catch at a straw.
  
ADJECTIVE:MISUSED &c. v.
  
QUOTATIONS:
  1. Ludere cum sacris.
  2. Who first misuse, then cast their toys away.—Cowper

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