- to treat badly, unjustly, cruelly, etc.
- Also ill-us·age. bad, unjust, or cruel treatment.
Origin of ill-use
Related Words for ill-useexhaust, squander, ill-treat, overwork, maltreat, taint, overburden, mishandle, dissipate, spoil, mistreat, misuse, waste, prostitute, overtax, misemploy
Examples from the Web for ill-use
Historical Examples of ill-use
He preached it to his daughter that the fellow might ill-use her in some way.Amy Foster
When he entered the house she said, 'Why did you allow them to ill-use my son.'Real Ghost Stories
William T. Stead
For them, who now ill-use you, you have gone through life but half a man.Long Live the King
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Yes, we may so ill-use our bodies that the watchman sleeps at his post!My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
John Henry Jowett
He will ill-use us all,—and yet, major, you are going to leave us.Love and Intrigue
- to use badly or cruelly; abuse; maltreat
- harsh or cruel treatment; abuse