Definition of ill-treat in English:


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[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
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    • 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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