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abuse of power

This page is about the collocation abuse of power

collocation pattern: noun + noun

Meaning

the harmful or unethical use of power

For example

  • The president was charged with abuse of power after ordering soldiers to shoot at protesters.

  • Starting a war for no good reason is probably the worst abuse of power there is.

Note:
A similar collocation is "abuse of privilege"

Quick Quiz

The police were investigated for abuse of power after they

a. killed a criminal suspect

b. charged a criminal suspect

c. released an innocent suspect

Contributor: Matt Errey