mistreat

verb
mis·​treat | \ ˌmis-ˈtrēt How to pronounce mistreat (audio) \
mistreated; mistreating; mistreats

Definition of mistreat

transitive verb

: to treat badly : abuse

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Other Words from mistreat

mistreatment \ ˌmis-​ˈtrēt-​mənt How to pronounce mistreatment (audio) \ 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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Police have always mistreated African-American men, but access to recordings has brought the problem more into the public eye, Brown said in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We compared Milwaukee police reports on Sterling Brown’s arrest with the video. They don’t match.," 29 May 2018 Over the past year, banks and wealth managers have gone largely unscathed as the #MeToo movement swept through Hollywood, politics, tech firms and the media, exposing powerful men for mistreating women. Simone Foxman, Bloomberg.com, "Iconiq Fires Manager Over Old Sex Charge," 20 May 2018 Dalit schoolchildren routinely complain of being mistreated in schools and colleges. NBC News, "Violence erupts in India as lowest caste protests Supreme Court order," 2 Apr. 2018 Instead, women in immigration detention are often denied adequate medical care, even when in dire need of it, are shackled around the stomach while being transported between facilities, and have been physically and psychologically mistreated. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Kavanaugh’s paper trail makes his confirmation harder but ensures he’ll be reliably conservative," 10 July 2018 Among other recommendations, the report advocates the creation of a new international arbitration system to resolve complaints by U.S. companies that believe they were mistreated in China. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China’s Plan for Tech Dominance Is Advancing, Business Groups Say," 22 Jan. 2019 She was mistreated, held back from going to school, and forced to work for the family who was hosting her. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 Last month, Human Rights Watch reported allegations that Mozambican security forces had arbitrarily detained, mistreated and summarily executed dozens of suspected insurgents. Christopher Torchia, The Seattle Times, "Opaque insurgency grinds on in gas-rich Mozambican region," 8 Jan. 2019 In fact, a 2015 Gallup poll found that a higher percentage of African Americans felt mistreated while shopping (24 percent) or dining out (20 percent) in the previous month than did during police encounters (18 percent). Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Racial slurs and fat-shaming insults keep popping up on receipts. Is Trump worsening the trend?," 29 Oct. 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 How to pronounce mistreat (audio) \
mistreated; mistreating

Kids Definition of mistreat

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

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