abuse of privileges

abuse of privileges

The wrongful or unlawful misuse of power in one's duties, either at the expense of others or to the advantage of the abuser. The governor displayed a flagrant abuse of privileges, channeling state funds toward a project owned by her son-in-law at the expense of more worthwhile causes. The moderator was deemed to have committed an abuse of privileges, deleting comments that opposed his own.
See also: abuse, of, privilege
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The Hatoyama administration must guard severely against arrogance and abuse of privileges among its own ranks.
A--authentication, authorization, audit, and administration are even more important because a centralized environment can open the door to internal abuse of privileges.