ill-treat

verb
\ ˈil-ˈtrēt How to pronounce ill-treat (audio) \
ill-treated; ill-treating; ill-treats

Definition of ill-treat

transitive verb

: to treat cruelly or improperly : maltreat

Other Words from ill-treat

ill-treatment \ ˈil-​ˈtrēt-​mənt How to pronounce ill-treat (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of ill-treat

1689, in the meaning defined above

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“Ill-treat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ill-treat. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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