Abuse etymology


English word abuse comes from Latin utor, Latin ab, and later Latin abusus (Consumption. Wasting.)

Etymology of abuse

Detailed word origin of abuse

Dictionary entry Language Definition
utor Latin (lat) I consume.. I enjoy, take advantage of.. I experience, undergo, encounter.. I use, employ.. I wear.
ab Latin (lat) (source of action or event) by, of. (time) after, since. At, on, in. From, away from, out of.
abutor Latin (lat) I misuse, abuse; use improperly.. I use up, exhaust, consume (entirely).. I waste, squander.
abusus Latin (lat) Consumption. Wasting.
abuser Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm)
abusen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
abuse English (en) (transitive) To attack with coarse language; to insult; to revile; malign; to speak in an offensive manner to or about someone; to disparage. [First attested in the early 17th century.]. (transitive) To imbibe a drug for a purpose other than it was intended; to intentionally take more of a drug than was prescribed for recreational reasons; to take illegal drugs habitually. [First attested in [...]

Words with the same origin as abuse

Descendants of utor


Descendants of ab

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