Definition of ill-treat in English:

ill-treat

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Act cruelly toward (a person or animal)

    • ‘Later I found out about her son; mentally challenged like his mother, lives with some distant relatives who ill-treat him.’
    • ‘There was a shortage and she was hired, but the owner of the preschool who sponsored her knew her problems and underpaid and ill-treated her.’
    • ‘He spends her fortune and ill-treats her and her son, showing affection only to his old mother and his own son Bryan, whom he indulges until the boy is killed in a riding accident.’
    • ‘Interrogators would allegedly take turns ill-treating him.’
    • ‘He was ill-treated - nearly murdered - by his brothers.’
    • ‘I do not want to stay with my in-laws as they ill-treat me.’
    • ‘Lakha admitted cruelly ill-treating the goats and slaughtering without a licence.’
    • ‘If you choose to ill-treat someone, you should be prepared to be ill-treated.’
    • ‘Singh said yesterday that he was not ill-treated by the kidnappers, and was given a bag of Crix, bread, water and a two-litre bottle of Tampico juice.’
    • ‘I also accept that during his detention, he was ill-treated; I have regard in this respect to the Medical Foundation Report.’
    • ‘She is ill-treated as others believe in a superstition that Bayen's presence may bring bad luck to their children.’
    • ‘They ill-treat us but we work for a company directly linked to the government.’
    • ‘The following year he was sent to school in Prague, where he was ill-treated; he was fetched home in 1872.’
    • ‘I believe that the appellant's evidence was credible and I believe that he was ill-treated to the extent he explained.’
    • ‘The case was highlighted as a shocking report called Handle with Care was published, revealing increasing numbers of exotic pets being ill-treated.’
    • ‘The Swede may believe he was ill-treated in being dropped following his recent howler against Lyon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was ill-treated there so she persuaded her husband to shift back to her parental village and set up home there.’
    • ‘He had a great respect and fondness for animals and could not understand how anyone could ill-treat them.’
    • ‘Having lost her husband at a young age she had to earn her living as a housemaid where she was ill-treated and sexually harassed by the house owner.’
    abuse, mistreat, maltreat, treat badly, ill-use, misuse, victimize
    manhandle, handle roughly, mishandle, maul, molest
    harm, injure, damage
    knock about, knock around
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Pronunciation:

ill-treat

/ˈil ˈˌtrēt/