ill-use

[verb il-yooz; noun il-yoos]
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noun
  1. Also ill-us·age. bad, unjust, or cruel treatment.

Origin of ill-use

First recorded in 1835–45
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British Dictionary definitions for illuse

ill-use

verb (ˈɪlˈjuːz)
  1. to use badly or cruelly; abuse; maltreat
noun (ˈɪlˈjuːs) ill-usage
  1. harsh or cruel treatment; abuse
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