mistreat

verb
mis·​treat | \ˌmis-ˈtrēt \
mistreated; mistreating; mistreats

Definition of mistreat 

transitive verb

: to treat badly : abuse

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Other Words from mistreat

mistreatment \-​mənt \ noun

Examples of mistreat in a Sentence

They accuse him of mistreating his wife. She claimed she had been mistreated by the police.

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That bulk can cause the top lip to curl under — an issue commonly mistreated with an abundance of filler. Jens Ingvarsson, Allure, "What Is the Lip Lift? Experts Explain the Plastic Surgery Procedure," 15 Aug. 2018 Now a photographer for a local newspaper on the island getaway is claiming he was mistreated by actor Bill Murray. James Freeman, WSJ, "Hollywood vs. the Press," 10 Aug. 2018 Flynn has become an important exhibit for some Trump supporters, who say that he was mistreated by the FBI as part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to undermine the president. Washington Post, "Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is still cooperating with Mueller and eager to have case wrapped up, court hears," 10 July 2018 Flynn has become an important exhibit for some Trump supporters who argue that the former general was mistreated by the FBI as part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to undermine the president. Spencer S. Hsu And Rosalind S. Helderman, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn expected back in court for first time since guilty plea," 10 July 2018 Flynn has become an important exhibit for some Trump supporters who argue that the former general was mistreated by the FBI as part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to undermine the president. BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn expected back in court for first time since guilty plea," 10 July 2018 The Governor's Office also investigated claims Black was mistreating her staff, but no discipline occurred. Craig Harris, azcentral, "State Parks, under public pressure, rehires fired employee being treated for cancer," 15 June 2018 Combs alleged that his son, who played on the UCLA football team, was mistreated, according to media reports. Dom Amore, courant.com, "UConn Hires Performance Coach Known For Tripping NFL Player, Altercation With Diddy," 30 May 2018 Handmaids — women assigned to high ranking, infertile married couples and forced to act as surrogates for their children — are raped, beaten, and generally mistreated at will. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Still Has A White Female Privilege Problem," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of mistreat

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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mistreat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mistreat

: to treat (someone or something) badly

mistreat

verb
mis·​treat | \mis-ˈtrēt \
mistreated; mistreating

Kids Definition of mistreat

: to handle, use, or act toward in a harsh way : abuse

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