Definition of ill-treat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈil ˈˌtrēt/


[with object]
Act cruelly toward (a person or animal).
Example sentences
  • Lakha admitted cruelly ill-treating the goats and slaughtering without a licence.
  • Later I found out about her son; mentally challenged like his mother, lives with some distant relatives who ill-treat him.
  • The man who doesn't take tea, ill-treats the cat, takes snuff and stands with his back to the fire, is a brute whom I would not advise you to marry on any consideration.
abused, mistreated, beaten, molested, misused, oppressed;
harmed, injured, damaged, manhandled
informal knocked around/about, roughed up

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