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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
Related formsmis·treat·ment, noun
Can be confusedmaltreatment mistreatment

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British Dictionary definitions for mistreatment


  1. (tr) to treat badly
Derived Formsmistreatment, noun
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Word Origin and History for mistreatment

1716, from mistreat + -ment.



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

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