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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. Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty, as well as by the abuses of power. (Madison)

2. Physical ill treatment; injury. Rejoice . . . at the abuse of Falstaff.

3. A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service. Abuse after disappeared without a struggle. (Macaulay)

4. Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling. The two parties, after exchanging a good deal of abuse, came to blows. (Macaulay)

5. Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child. Or is it some abuse, and no such thing? (Shak) abuse of distress, a wrongful using of an animal or chattel distrained, by the distrainer.

Synonym: Invective, contumely, reproach, scurrility, insult, opprobrium.

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.

Origin: f. Abus, L. Abusus, fr. Abuti. See abuse.

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... by the webmaster here. The kinds of things she can fix right away might be content on the site -- no problems reported there -- or ongoing email abuse -- no problems reported there either. So it's just the one instance of email abuse outstanding; and that requires discipline from more senior ...

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... small or coloured text, etc. Similarly don't SHOUT or use excessive punctuation (e.g. ! and ?) in topic titles or posts. If you consistently abuse this you will be warned.

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Re: Odd food poisoning-like symptoms, strange tastes

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the hard working liver

... Its resourcefulness and its ability to maintain long amounting pain and tolerance to acidity and toxicity I clearly salute. However, let us not abuse our liver because its essential to the rest of our digestive organs....

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by DocWillow
Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:16 pm
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Topic: the hard working liver
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Evolutionists Show of Shutting Down the Debate

... some of the arguments, some discussion even in this thread make sense. So I will let those go for the moment, and hopefully not have to regret my abuse of moderating power. And If I regrte it, I will just lock the thread again. :roll:

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