abuse (n.)
deception, hoax, fraud
1H6 II.iii.66[Countess to Talbot] pardon my abuse
1H6 IV.i.69[King to Gloucester, of Burgundy] give him chastisement for this abuse
2H6 V.i.92[York to King] Why hast thou broken faith with me, / Knowing how hardly I can brook abuse?
Ham IV.vii.49[Claudius to Laertes, of Hamlet's letter] Or is it some abuse
MM V.i.203[Angelo to Mariana] This is a strange abuse
MM V.i.245[Duke to Escalus] find out this abuse
MW V.iii.7[Mistress Page to Mistress Ford] My husband will not rejoice so much at the abuse of Falstaff as he will chafe at the doctor's marrying my daughter
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