- Covert abuse of power
- Overt abuse of power
For example, an abusive spouse may not try to cover up their behavior. In this case the abuse is overt where there may be verbal abuse in front of everyone. If it is in the context of the police an overt abuse of power is where a police officer runs a red light, not because it is an emergency to do so but because they did not want to sit through the red light. An abuse of power in the government which is overt can be something like a dictator. The dictator is trying to keep the country under their control and therefore does not mind showing an abuse of power.
Covert and overt abuse of power are anonyms meaning that they are direct opposites of each other.