Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 679 (Misuse)

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#679. Misuse. -- N. misuse, misusage, misemployment[obs], misapplication, misappropriation.

abuse, profanation, prostitution, desecration; waste &c. 638.

V. misuse, misemploy, misapply, misappropriate.

desecrate, abuse, profane, prostitute: waste &c. 638; overtask, overtax, overwork: squander &c. 818.

cut blocks with a razor, employ a steam engine to crack a nut; catch at a straw.

Adj. misused &c. v.

Phr. ludere cum sacris[Lat].