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View synonyms for ill-use

ill-use

[ verb il-yooz; noun il-yoos ]

verb (used with object)

, ill-used, ill-us·ing.
  1. to treat badly, unjustly, cruelly, etc.


noun

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

ill-use

verb

  1. to use badly or cruelly; abuse; maltreat


noun

  1. harsh or cruel treatment; abuse
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Word History and Origins

Origin of ill-use1

First recorded in 1835–45
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Example Sentences

No ill use has been made of these privileges; but the domain and wealth of Great Britain have received amazing addition.

What a cruel shame to ill-use her, She must have suffered greatly—more in mind than in body.

"It will do you no good to ill-use a fellow-creature," replied Tweasle distinctly, as though the blow had refreshed him.

Because people are ungrateful and jealous and hard, and would ill-use me, the same as they did him and drove him away from Rome.

They beat and ill-use me, Dick; and I am going to seek my fortune, some long way off, I dont know where.

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