[ 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.
Also ill-usage. bad, unjust, or cruel treatment.
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Origin of ill-use
First recorded in 1835–45
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British Dictionary definitions for ill-use
to use badly or cruelly; abuse; maltreat
noun (ˈɪlˈjuːs) ill-usage
harsh or cruel treatment; abuse
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