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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.
ATLANTA -- More than half of the 4.2 million Americans who misused prescription opioids between 2012 and 2014 also engaged in binge drinking, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
No doubt, inventions were made but these inventions were also misused and created many problems.
Justice Aminuddin Khan passed the interim order on a petition filed by the Lawyers Foundation for Justice pleading that the public fund and public property being trust in the hands of public functionaries cannot be misused or used for personal gain.
After an overview of the problem, prescription drug use by celebrities and everyday people, effects on communities, the history of prescription drug misuse, and categories of misused prescription medications, chapters address trends and correlates of prescription drug misuse to illustrate the scope and scale of the problem, including demographic aspects and death rates; why prescription drug misuse emerged as a popular form of drug use; middle-class patterns; programs designed to reduce misuse and deaths; and the role of the media.
A spokesman said: "When a badge is reported as misused, we inform the Central Audit Team, who meet the customer and explain the blue badge can be removed if there is continued misuse.
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.