transitive verb Date: 1689 to treat cruelly or improperly ; maltreatill-treatment noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • ill-treat — UK / US verb [transitive] Word forms ill treat : present tense I/you/we/they ill treat he/she/it ill treats present participle ill treating past tense ill treated past participle ill treated formal to treat a person or animal in a cruel or unkind …   English dictionary

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