ill-treat

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From ill +‎ treat.

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ill-treat (third-person singular simple present ill-treats, present participle ill-treating, simple past and past participle ill-treated)

  1. To treat someone or something badly or unkindly; to abuse or mistreat.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 297:
      He would never speak a word, only eat and cry, and she hadn't the heart to strike it or illtreat the youngster either; but somebody taught her a charm to make him speak, and then she found out what kind of a brat he really was.

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