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[verb il-yooz; noun il-yoos] /verb ˈɪlˈyuz; noun ˈɪlˈyus/
verb (used with object), ill-used, ill-using.
to treat badly, unjustly, cruelly, etc.
Also, ill-usage. bad, unjust, or cruel treatment.
Origin of ill-use
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They beat and ill-use me, Dick; and I am going to seek my fortune, some long way off.

    Oliver Twist, Illustrated Charles Dickens
  • For them, who now ill-use you, you have gone through life but half a man.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "It will do you no good to ill-use a fellow-creature," replied Tweasle distinctly, as though the blow had refreshed him.

  • There was nobody to tease or ill-use him, and he was never ill.

    The Little Lame Prince Miss Mulock--Pseudonym of Maria Dinah Craik
  • But mind what you are about, my sparky, and don't think to ill-use me because you happen to be the strongest!

  • There did he find and ill-use a beautiful Saxon girl, who did resist him with many tears.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • When he entered the house she said, 'Why did you allow them to ill-use my son.'

    Real Ghost Stories William T. Stead
  • Those whom he hated he did not ill-use beyond the limits of justice.

    The Small House at Allington Anthony Trollope
  • I had to work hard, but toil was a pleasure as long as I had no one to abuse and ill-use me.

  • That little men should have ventured to ill-use you, has hurt your pride.

    The Duke's Children Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for ill-use


verb (ˈɪlˈjuːz)
to use badly or cruelly; abuse; maltreat
noun (ˈɪlˈjuːs)
harsh or cruel treatment; abuse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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