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tr.v. mis·used, mis·us·ing, mis·us·es
1. To use incorrectly.
2. To mistreat or abuse. See Synonyms at abuse.
n. (-yo͞os′)
Improper, unlawful, or incorrect use; misapplication.


1. 'disused'

A disused place or building is no longer used for its original purpose and is now empty.

The sculpture was stored in a disused lorry factory.
2. 'unused'

Something that is unused has never been used.

A pile of unused fuel lay nearby.
3. 'misused'

When something is misused, it is used in a wrong or careless way.

He wanted to prevent science from being misused.
In some cases pesticides are deliberately misused.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.misused - used incorrectly or carelessly or for an improper purposemisused - used incorrectly or carelessly or for an improper purpose; "misused words are often laughable but one weeps for misused talents"
used - employed in accomplishing something; "the principle of surprise is the most used and misused of all the principles of war"- H.H.Arnold & I.C.Eaker
References in classic literature ?
He will get into worse trouble if he often misuses his large and heavy hand as he has misused it here.
Methinks, holy father,'' said he, ``the instrument wants one string, and the rest have been somewhat misused.
The youth had to depend again upon his misused ears, which were trembling and buzzing from the melee of musketry and yells.
Two inferences, however, were plainly deduced from the whole: one, that Elizabeth was the real cause of the mischief; and the other that she herself had been barbarously misused by them all; and on these two points she principally dwelt during the rest of the day.
I have not a word to say against the misused, faithful girl, and would not withhold from her grave a single one of those simple tributes which blighted youths and maidens offer to her memory, but I am sorry enough that I have not time and opportunity to write four or five volumes of my opinion of her friend the founder of the Parachute, or the Paraclete, or whatever it was.
PML-N leaders and some media reports have also alleged that Imran Khan has misused official helicopters of the KP government for private visits, causing millions of rupees of losses to the national exchequer.
It gave no details on the amount of money the 970 people are suspected to have misused, how they misused it or what punishment they faced.
The Chinese diplomat has claimed the suspect his friend but the ASF has confiscated the entry card of diplomat which was misused and it would be discard later on.
He said this is a new law, there is a chance of misuse, but the government will ensure it should not be misused.
NEW YORK -- More than half of American adults taking prescription drugs misused their medications last year, according to a new study by Quest Diagnostics.
After stimulants, prescription pain medications are the most misused, with 10% of undergraduates admitting use.
New estimates suggest that 20 percent to 30 percent of opioid analgesic drugs prescribed for chronic pain are misused, while the rate of opioid addiction is approximately 10 percent, reports a study in the April issue of the journal PAIN.