[verb il-yooz; noun il-yoos]
- to treat badly, unjustly, cruelly, etc.
- Also ill-us·age. bad, unjust, or cruel treatment.
Origin of ill-use
First recorded in 1835–45
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Related Wordsill-use, exhaust, squander, overwork, maltreat, taint, overburden, mishandle, dissipate, spoil, mistreat, misuse, waste, prostitute, overtax, ill-treat, misemploy
- to use badly or cruelly; abuse; maltreat
- harsh or cruel treatment; abuse
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