Definition of ill-treat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɪlˈtriːt/


[with object]
Act cruelly towards (a person or animal): her mother had ill-treated her when she was young (as adjective ill-treated) ill-treated horses
More 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.
abuse, mistreat, maltreat, treat badly, ill-use, misuse, victimize;
manhandle, handle roughly, mishandle, maul, molest;
harm, injure, damage
informal knock about/around

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