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

  Misuse \Mis*use"\ (m[i^]s*[=u]z"), v. t. [F. m['e]suser. See
     Mis-, prefix from French, and Use.]
     1. To treat or use improperly; to use to a bad purpose; to
        misapply; as, to misuse one's talents. --South.
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              The sweet poison of misused wine.     --Milton.
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     2. To abuse; to treat ill.
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              O, she misused me past the endurance of a block.
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     Syn: To maltreat; abuse; misemploy; misapply.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Misuse \Mis*use"\ (m[i^]s*[=u]s"), n.
     1. Wrong use; misapplication; erroneous or improper use.
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              Words little suspected for any such misuse. --Locke.
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     2. Violence, or its effects. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: improper or excessive use; "alcohol abuse"; "the abuse of
           public funds" [syn: misuse, abuse]
      v 1: apply to a wrong thing or person; apply badly or
           incorrectly; "The words are misapplied in this context";
           "You are misapplying the name of this religious group"
           [syn: misapply, misuse]
      2: change the inherent purpose or function of something; "Don't
         abuse the system"; "The director of the factory misused the
         funds intended for the health care of his workers" [syn:
         pervert, misuse, abuse]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  169 Moby Thesaurus words for "misuse":
     abuse, active use, adulterate, adulteration, alloy, appliance,
     application, barbarism, befoul, befouling, bias, bleed,
     bleed white, canker, catachresis, cheapen, clerical error, coarsen,
     color, confound, consumption, contaminate, contamination, convert,
     corrigendum, corrupt, corruption, debase, debauch, defalcate,
     defile, defilement, deflower, degenerate, degrade, denature,
     deprave, desecrate, despoil, devalue, distort, diversion, divert,
     diverting, do amiss, drain, embezzle, employ, employment,
     envenoming, erratum, error, exercise, exertion, exploit, failure,
     false coloring, fault, faute, festering, foul, fouling, garble,
     good use, hard usage, hard use, human error, ill use, ill-treat,
     ill-use, impose upon, infect, infection, infelicity, make use of,
     maladminister, malapropism, maltreat, manipulate, milk,
     misapplication, misapply, misapprehension, misappropriate,
     misappropriation, miscalculation, miscall, miscarriage, miscite,
     misconception, misconduct, misconstruction, misconstrue, miscount,
     misdeal, misdirect, misdirection, misemploy, misemployment,
     misfield, mishandle, misidentification, misinterpret,
     misinterpretation, misjudgment, mismanage, misplay, misprint,
     misquotation, misquote, misread, misrender, misreport,
     misrepresent, misrepresentation, miss, misspell, misstatement,
     mistake, mistreat, mistreatment, misunderstanding, misusage,
     outrage, peculate, perversion, pervert, pilfer, play on, poison,
     poisoning, pollute, pollution, presume upon, profane, prostitute,
     prostitution, ravage, ravish, rough usage, slant, slanting,
     solecism, strain, straining, stroke, suck dry, suppuration, taint,
     take advantage of, torture, torturing, twist, typo,
     typographical error, ulcerate, usage, use, use ill, using up,
     varnish, violate, vitiate, vitiation, vulgarize, warp, work on,
     work upon, wrong use

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