abuse of power


abuse of power
taking advantage of one's authority, using one's authority for evil purposes

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • abuse — I UK [əˈbjuːs] / US [əˈbjus] noun Word forms abuse : singular abuse plural abuses ** 1) a) [countable/uncountable] cruel, violent, or unfair treatment, especially of someone who does not have the power to prevent it The regime had been… …   English dictionary

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  • abuse — 1 noun 1 (C, U) the use of something in a way that it should not be used (+ of): government officials abuse of power | open to abuse (=able or likely to be used in the wrong way): The city s metro system is open to abuse by fare dodgers. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • power — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 authority/control ADJECTIVE ▪ absolute, ultimate ▪ considerable, enormous, tremendous ▪ real ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • abuse — 1. verb 1) the judge abused his power Syn: misuse, misapply, misemploy; exploit, take advantage of 2) he was accused of abusing children Syn: mistreat, maltreat, ill treat, treat badly; molest, interfere with …   Thesaurus of popular words


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