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[il-treet] /ˈɪlˈtrit/
verb (used with object)
to treat badly; maltreat; abuse.
Origin of ill-treat
First recorded in 1695-1705
Related forms
ill-treatment, noun Unabridged
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  • If he is bad enough to ill-treat his dog, he will ill-treat his wife and children.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • But if you ill-treat me I shall leave your house and not return.

    The Californians Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • He soundly rated Saint-Ruth in his cabinet, and forbade him to ill-treat the Marechale.

  • Is it not even worse to ill-treat a stranger than one who is at home?

    Where We Live Emilie Van Beil Jacobs
  • Only that he had been merciful, this young lord would not have been able to scorn him and ill-treat him as he had done.

    Marion Fay Anthony Trollope
  • If you forgive me,” replied Vanslyperken, “then pray do not ill-treat my dog.

    Snarley-yow Frederick Marryat
  • They say you torment and ill-treat your daughters dreadfully; that the eldest was obliged to practise day and night.

    Piano and Song Friedrich Wieck
  • If they say that I ill-treat her, it is for me—to prove the contrary by my conduct with her, and not by violence.

    Child of a Century, Complete Alfred de Musset
  • He had done all in his power to ill-treat Paul and his companion.

    Practical Religion John Charles Ryle
  • I know, of course, that you neglect her and ill-treat her yourself.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
British Dictionary definitions for ill-treat


(transitive) to behave cruelly or harshly towards; misuse; maltreat
Derived Forms
ill-treatment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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