ill-us·​age ˈil-ˈyü-sij How to pronounce ill-usage (audio)
: harsh, unkind, or abusive treatment

Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ill-usage was in 1593

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“Ill-usage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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