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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The contentious relationship between artist and model goes back centuries, with men like Picasso or Schiele known for mistreating women. Motoko Rich, New York Times, "When an Erotic Photographer’s Muse Becomes His Critic," 5 May 2018 Flynn has become an important exhibit for some Trump supporters who argue the former general was mistreated by the FBI as part of a wide-ranging conspiracy to undermine the president. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Michael Flynn is cooperating with Mueller and eager to have case wrap up, court hears," 11 July 2018 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

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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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