[verb il-yooz; noun il-yoos]

verb (used with object), ill-used, ill-us·ing.

to treat badly, unjustly, cruelly, etc.


Also ill-us·age. bad, unjust, or cruel treatment.

Origin of ill-use

First recorded in 1835–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ill-use


verb (ˈɪlˈjuːz)

to use badly or cruelly; abuse; maltreat

noun (ˈɪlˈjuːs) ill-usage

harsh or cruel treatment; abuse
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