Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section II. Prospective Volition
3. Precursory Measures

679. Misuse.

   NOUN:MISUSE, misusage, misemployment, misapplication, misappropriation.
  ABUSE, profanation, prostitution, desecration; waste [See Waste].
   VERB:MISUSE, misemploy, misapply, misappropriate.
  DESECRATE, abuse, profane, prostitute.
  OVERTASK, overtax, overwork, overdrive; squander [See Prodigality]; waste [See Waste].
  cut blocks with a razor, employ a steam engine to crack a nut; catch at a straw.
  1. Ludere cum sacris.
  2. Who first misuse, then cast their toys away.—Cowper