mistreat

[ mis-treet ]
/ mɪsˈtrit /

verb (used with object)

to treat badly or abusively.

Origin of mistreat

First recorded in 1425–75, mistreat is from the late Middle English word mistreten. See mis-1, treat

Related forms

mis·treat·ment, noun

Can be confused

maltreatment mistreatment
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British Dictionary definitions for mistreat

mistreat

/ (ˌmɪsˈtriːt) /

verb

(tr) to treat badly

Derived Forms

mistreatment, noun
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