mistreat

[ mis-treet ]
/ mɪsˈtrit /

verb (used with object)

to treat badly or abusively.

Nearby words

  1. mistral,
  2. mistral, frédéric,
  3. mistral, gabriela,
  4. mistranslate,
  5. mistranslation,
  6. mistreatment,
  7. mistress,
  8. mistress of ceremonies,
  9. mistress of the robes,
  10. mistrial

Origin of mistreat

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

Related formsmis·treat·ment, noun

Can be confusedmaltreatment mistreatment

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British Dictionary definitions for mistreat

mistreat

/ (ˌmɪsˈtriːt) /

verb

(tr) to treat badly
Derived Formsmistreatment, noun

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Word Origin and History for mistreat

mistreat

v.

mid-15c.; see mis- (1) + treat (v.). Related: Mistreated; mistreating.

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