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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 ?
and she took and dropped the misused article among the coals.
Methinks, holy father,'' said he, ``the instrument wants one string, and the rest have been somewhat misused.
So," added Madame de Villefort, constantly returning to her object, "the poisons of the Borgias, the Medicis, the Renes, the Ruggieris, and later, probably, that of Baron de Trenck, whose story has been so misused by modern drama and romance" --
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.
Yes, sir, but it turns a man's stomach t' hear the Scripture misused i' that way.
As thus -, and he told Kim a tale of an expression, misused in all innocence, that doubled Kim up with mirth.
His admiration for the devotion and bravery of the army was combined with the greatest distaste for what he had seen of the way its great qualities were misused.
He will get into worse trouble if he often misuses his large and heavy hand as he has misused it here.
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.
Perhaps the word is misused, and he is better described as a nihilist, or an annihilist.
So it was, when the doom of fifty years of living death was uttered by Judge Scott, that Jim Hall, hating all things in the society that misused him, rose up and raged in the court-room until dragged down by half a dozen of his blue-coated enemies.