Child abuse capitalized and understood… and intruded upon before it blossoms



child [chīld]
(plural chil·dren [chíldrən])
1.  young human being: a young human being between birth and puberty 
2.  human offspring: a son or daughter of human parents 
3.  somebody not yet of age: somebody under a legally specified age who is considered not to be legally responsible for his or her actions 
4.  baby: a baby or infant 
5.  unborn baby: a baby that has not yet been born 
6.  immature adult: an adult who is regarded as behaving in a childish or inappropriately childlike way 
7.  product or result: somebody or something considered to be either produced or strongly influenced by a particular environment, period, or historical figure
a child of nature
a child of the 1960s
8.  descendant or member of people: a descendant of somebody, or a member of a people with a common ancestor or geographic origin (often used in the plural)
children of Abraham

[ Old English cild ]

with child pregnant (archaic or literary)
Word Key: Synonyms

See youth.
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n [ə byss] (plural a·bus·es)
1.  maltreatment: the physical, psychological, or sexual maltreatment of a person or animal 
2.  improper use: the illegal, improper, or harmful use of something
allegations of abuse of government powers
3.  improper practice: an illegal, improper, or harmful practice
human rights abuses
4.  insults: insulting or offensive language 
5.  drug use: the harmful use of drugs or alcohol 

v [ə byz] (past and past participle a·bused, present participle a·bus·ing, 3rd person present singular a·bus·es)
1.  vt maltreat somebody: to treat a person or animal cruelly, whether physically, psychologically, or sexually, especially on a regular or habitual basis 
2.  vt misuse something: to use something in an improper, illegal, or harmful way 
3.  vt insult somebody: to speak insultingly or offensively to somebody 
4.  or a·buse your·selfvr masturbate: to masturbate (disapproving) 

[15th century. Via French abus < Latin abusus , past participle of abuti “use up, misuse” < uti “use”]

-a·bus·er [ə byzər], , n
Word Key: Synonyms

See mistreat and misuse.
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cap·i·tal·ize [káppit’l z]
(past and past participle cap·i·tal·ized, present participle cap·i·tal·iz·ing, 3rd person present singular cap·i·tal·iz·es)
1.  vti linguistics use capital letters for something: to write or print something with capital letters or an initial capital letter 
2.  vi benefit from something: to profit by or take advantage of something
to capitalize on an opponent’s mistake
3.  vt finance use something as capital: to use debt or budgeted expenditure as capital for development 
4.  vt finance something: to supply capital for a business enterprise 
5.  vt finance authorize issue of capital stock: to authorize a business enterprise to issue a particular amount of capital stock 
6.  vt finance exchange debt for stock: to convert a corporation’s debt into shares of stock 
7.  vt accounting treat expenses as assets: to treat an expenditure as an asset in a business account instead of as an expense 
8.  vt finance value future income: to determine the current value of a future cash flow, earnings, or other income 


-cap·i·tal·iz·a·ble, , adj
-cap·i·tal·i·za·tion [kàppit’li záysh’n], , n
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and [stressed, and unstressed, ənd, ən]
CORE-MEANING: a conjunction used to indicate an additional thing, situation, or fact. “And” in this case links words and phrases of the same grammatical value.
a sister and two brothers
We need to clean the house and pack our suitcases.
switching back and forth between different systems
1.  then: used to link two verbs or statements about events to indicate that the second follows the first
Just add water and stir.
2.  as result: used to introduce a situation or event that is a consequence of something just mentioned
Their work was excellent and won several awards.
3.  used to stress repetition or continuity: used to link identical words or phrases in order to emphasize repetition or continuity
It gets better and better.
4.  plus: used to link two numbers or quantities to indicate that they are to be added together
One and one are two.
5.  but: used to introduce a contrasting statement
My dentist says to eat fruit and avoid refined sugar.
6.  moreover: used to introduce a statement that continues or adds weight to a statement just made
The kids needed clothes, and I hadn’t been paid in weeks.
7.  used to connect ideas: used to connect clauses or sentences, especially in spoken conversation
I like the head waiter, but the work’s hard. And the hours are very long.
8.  indicates infinitive verb: used instead of “to” before an infinitive verb, usually with verbs such as “try,” “go,” and “come” (informal)
I usually try and visit her once a week.
9.  if: used to introduce a conditional clause (archaic)
and it please you

[ Old English and , ond < Germanic]

and (all) that and everything else that is similar or included (informal)
I’ve painted the doors and window frames and all that.
and how used to show strong agreement with or to emphasize something that has just been said (informal)

The notion that and should not be used at the beginning of a sentence arose from too literal an understanding of the “joining” function of conjunctions. The same objection is also raised with regard to but. If initial and is overdone, the effect is of poor style, but it is not a matter of grammatical correctness. Using and at the beginning of a sentence often can be an effective way of drawing attention to what follows: “You can’t get away with this,” he threatened. And we knew he meant it.

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un·der·stood [ùndər std]
Past participle, past tense of understand

taken into account: agreed, assumed, or implied, especially without being openly or officially expressed 

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