Synonyms and Antonyms of mishandle

  1. 1 to inflict physical or emotional harm upon <having been shuffled from foster home to foster home, the orphaned girl felt she had been mishandled by an uncaring society> Synonyms brutalize, bully, ill-treat, ill-use, kick around, maltreat, manhandle, mess over [slang], abuse, mistreat, misuseRelated Words molest, outrage, violate; harass, harm, hurt, injure, oppress, persecute, torment, torture; burn, sandbag, victimize, wrong; beat (up), mess (up), rough (up), work (over)Near Antonyms care (for), cherish, foster, nurture; baby, cater (to), coddle, favor, gratify, humor, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil

  2. 2 to abuse physically <adopted a sadly mishandled puppy from the pound> Synonyms maltreat, maul, manhandle, rough (up)Related Words abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, mistreat, misuse; roughhouse, wrestle; bash, batter, beat, buffet, drub, lambaste (or lambast), lick, pommel, pound, pummel, slap, thrash; harm, hurt, injure, wound; oppress, persecute, wrong; ambush, assail, attack; clobber, fight, gang up (on), hit, jump, knock; torment, tortureNear Antonyms caress, fondle, pet; coddle, mollycoddle, pamper; care (for), foster, nurture

  3. 3 to manage badly <we took over as soon as we realized that the fill-in had been mishandling the situation> Synonyms maladminister, misconduct, misgovern, mismanage, misruleRelated Words abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, maltreat, mistreat, misuse; damage, harm, hurt, violate; botch, bungleNear Antonyms govern, handle, husband, manage, rule; care (for), nurture; aid, help, protect, rescue

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