ill-used ill`-used" adj. 1. taken advantage of; treated badly; -- of persons. [WordNet sense 1]

Syn: exploited, put-upon, used, victimized. [WordNet 1.5]

2. Misapplied. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ill-used — index aggrieved (victimized) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ill-used — adjective of persons; taken advantage of (Freq. 1) after going out of his way to help his friend get the job he felt not appreciated but used • Syn: ↑exploited, ↑put upon, ↑used, ↑victimized, ↑victimised …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ill — Ill, adv. In a ill manner; badly; weakly. [1913 Webster] How ill this taper burns! Shak. [1913 Webster] Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates and men decay. Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] Note: Ill, like above, well,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ill-use — [il′yo͞oz′; ] for n. [, il′yo͞os′] vt. ill used, ill using to treat unfairly, unkindly, or cruelly; use badly; abuse n. ILL USAGE …   English World dictionary

  • ill*/*/*/ — [ɪl] adj I 1) not healthy because of a medical condition or an injury She was too ill to travel.[/ex] She was unlucky enough to fall ill (= become ill) on holiday.[/ex] Her husband is seriously ill in hospital.[/ex] 2) bad or harmful The fish… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • ill — 1 /Il/ adjective 1 (not usually before noun) especially BrE suffering from a disease or not feeling well; sick: Bridget can t come she s ill. | feel ill: I was feeling ill that day, and decided to stay at home. | be taken ill/fall ill (=become… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ill-use — v. /il yoohz /; n. /il yoohs /, v., ill used, ill using, n. v.t. 1. to treat badly, unjustly, cruelly, etc. n. 2. Also, ill usage. bad, unjust, or cruel treatment. [1835 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • used — adjective 1. employed in accomplishing something (Freq. 4) the principle of surprise is the most used and misused of all the principles of war H.H.Arnold & I.C.Eaker • Ant: ↑misused • Similar to: ↑in use, ↑utilized, ↑utilised …   Useful english dictionary

  • ill-use — verb (transitive usually passive) formal to treat someone badly or unfairly: She s been ill used by her colleagues. ill usage / ju:sIdZ/ noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • ill-use — /ɪl ˈjuz / (say il yoohz) verb (t) (ill used, ill using) to treat badly, unjustly, or cruelly …   Australian English dictionary

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