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.
Recent Examples on the Web Budish refused to answer questions at the direction of Assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutor Brenden Healey, who is helping represent the county in several lawsuits filed against them by inmates who were mistreated. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Drug incidents in Cuyahoga County Jail nearly tripled in 2018, when eight inmates died," 29 Aug. 2019 The report also found managers perceived those victims to be worse performers on the job than employees who had not been mistreated, regardless of their actual performance. CBS News, "What managers should do about rudeness in the workplace," 2 Aug. 2019 The Second Circuit nonetheless reasoned that to the extent Brady was mistreated by the NFL’s personal conduct policy, his gripe ought to be raised with his union for agreeing to the policy, not with Goodell for enforcing it. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "What's Next for Tyreek Hill After Not Being Charged in Child Abuse Investigation?," 7 June 2019 Williams' cryopreservation attracted extensive media attention after a former Alcor employee wrote a tell-all book, saying Williams' head had been mistreated in the Alcor lab. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Scottsdale cryonics facility, the home of Ted Williams' head, hopes frozen dead people will live again," 17 May 2019 This was an incredibly collaborative process for all of us and the idea that anyone was mistreated and not communicated with is completely not true. Lynette Rice, EW.com, "Big Little Lies Season 2," 3 Apr. 2017 When somebody mistreats you, go out of your way to be kind. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "How the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis Helps Ree Drummond in Her Everyday Life," 4 Sep. 2019 In 2017, ABC News' 20/20 program profiled Lucas Greenfield, a former Blessed Hope student in Alabama who said Gary Wiggins had mistreated him and attempted some forms of conversion therapy on gay students. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Couple who ran religious boarding school in Alabama arrested for human trafficking," 26 Aug. 2019 An emotional adjustment will encourage you to stop anyone from mistreating you. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mistreat

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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27 Oct 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of mistreat

: to treat (someone or something) badly


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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