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ill-use

[ verb il-yooz; noun il-yoos ]
/ verb ˈɪlˈyuz; noun ˈɪlˈyus /
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verb (used with object), ill-used, ill-us·ing.

to treat badly, unjustly, cruelly, etc.

noun

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

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exhaust, squander, ill-treat, overwork, maltreat, taint, overburden, mishandle, dissipate, spoil, mistreat, misuse, waste, prostitute, overtax, misemploy

Nearby words

ill-suited, ill-tempered, ill-timed, ill-treat, ill-treatment, ill-use, ill-wisher, ill., illampu, illation, illative

Origin of ill-use

First recorded in 1835–45
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ill-use


verb (ˈɪlˈjuːz)

to use badly or cruelly; abuse; maltreat

noun (ˈɪlˈjuːs) ill-usage

harsh or cruel treatment; abuse
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