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 for Abuse of distress
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Distress \Dis*tress"\, n. [OE. destresse, distresse, OF.
     destresse, destrece, F. d['e]tresse, OF. destrecier to
     distress, (assumed) LL. districtiare, fr. L. districtus, p.
     p. of distringere. See Distrain, and cf. Stress.]
     1. Extreme pain or suffering; anguish of body or mind; as, to
        suffer distress from the gout, or from the loss of
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              Not fearing death nor shrinking for distress.
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     2. That which occasions suffering; painful situation;
        misfortune; affliction; misery.
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              Affliction's sons are brothers in distress. --Burns.
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     3. A state of danger or necessity; as, a ship in distress,
        from leaking, loss of spars, want of provisions or water,
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     4. (Law)
        (a) The act of distraining; the taking of a personal
            chattel out of the possession of a wrongdoer, by way
            of pledge for redress of an injury, or for the
            performance of a duty, as for nonpayment of rent or
            taxes, or for injury done by cattle, etc.
        (b) The thing taken by distraining; that which is seized
            to procure satisfaction. --Bouvier. --Kent. --Burrill.
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                  If he were not paid, he would straight go and
                  take a distress of goods and cattle. --Spenser.
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                  The distress thus taken must be proportioned to
                  the thing distrained for.         --Blackstone.
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     Abuse of distress. (Law) See under Abuse.
     Syn: Affliction; suffering; pain; agony; misery; torment;
          anguish; grief; sorrow; calamity; misfortune; trouble;
          adversity. See Affliction.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Abuse \A*buse"\, n. [F. abus, L. abusus, fr. abuti. See Abuse,
     v. t.]
     1. Improper treatment or use; application to a wrong or bad
        purpose; misuse; as, an abuse of our natural powers; an
        abuse of civil rights, or of privileges or advantages; an
        abuse of language.
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              Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty,
              as well as by the abuses of power.    --Madison.
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     2. Physical ill treatment; injury. "Rejoice . . . at the
        abuse of Falstaff." --Shak.
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     3. A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as,
        the abuses in the civil service.
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              Abuse after disappeared without a struggle..
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     4. Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive
        language; virulent condemnation; reviling.
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              The two parties, after exchanging a good deal of
              abuse, came to blows.                 --Macaulay.
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     5. Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child. [Obs.]
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              Or is it some abuse, and no such thing? --Shak.
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     Abuse of distress (Law), a wrongful using of an animal or
        chattel distrained, by the distrainer.
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     Syn: Invective; contumely; reproach; scurrility; insult;
     Usage: Abuse, Invective. Abuse is generally prompted by
            anger, and vented in harsh and unseemly words. It is
            more personal and coarse than invective. Abuse
            generally takes place in private quarrels; invective
            in writing or public discussions. Invective may be
            conveyed in refined language and dictated by
            indignation against what is blameworthy. --C. J.
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