Definition of ill-use in English:

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ill-use

Pronunciation: /ˌilˈyo͞oz/

verb

[with object]
Ill-treat (someone).
Example sentences
  • His words were that you ill-used me and then utterly disowned us.
  • How could you turn your affection to a man that so ill-used you when I was always there longing for you?
  • From one point of view, Britain is now marooned in the Atlantic - distrusted by the Europeans, and ill-used by an American administration which remains stubbornly unilateralist and even nationalist.

noun

Pronunciation: /ˌilˈyo͞os/
(ill use)
Ill-treatment.
Example sentences
  • Shylock is certainly a more malicious individual than Antonio, Bassanio, or Portia, yet there can be no question that the Jew suffers ill use at the hands of the Christians.
  • His ears went slowly flat in the blackness, and a vast sense of ill-use suffused him as he heard snarling male voices and a lighter, more breathless female one that tried to hide its fear.

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Syllabification: ill-use

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