mistreat

[ mis-treet ]
/ mɪsˈtrit /

verb (used with object)

to treat badly or abusively.

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Origin of mistreat

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

OTHER WORDS FROM mistreat

mis·treat·ment, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mistreat

maltreatment mistreatment
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British Dictionary definitions for mistreat

mistreat
/ (ˌmɪsˈtriːt) /

verb

(tr) to treat badly

Derived forms of mistreat

mistreatment, noun
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