Definition of mistreat in English:

mistreat

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Treat (a person or animal) badly, cruelly, or unfairly.

    • ‘It has the right to beat and mistreat anyone locked up.’
    • ‘If someday you find yourself with a man who doesn't respect you and mistreats you, don't allow him to ruin your life and the future of your children's lives.’
    • ‘The police mistreat people, and we don't condemn them too seriously for that, if it's in the distress of a riot situation.’
    • ‘They would mistreat me and abuse me, and would never have trusted me wandering the ship alone.’
    • ‘He had no reason to love his stepfather, who he says mistreated him and his mother as far back as he can remember.’
    • ‘There were numerous stories and testimony about how the confined people were mistreated in the past.’
    • ‘These people know nothing about traveling through the Northland, and they badly mistreat Buck.’
    • ‘Historians generally agree that the Trek made it impossible for any government to ignore real job creation measures or mistreat workers in subsequent economic downturns.’
    • ‘When America, you know, mistreats prisoners, we hold ourselves accountable.’
    • ‘After being sold to a family that mistreats him, Oliver decides to strike out on his own and travels to London where he is befriended by a likeable pickpocket named the Artful Dodger.’
    • ‘Perpetrators can be parents who abuse and mistreat their children at home before they come to camp.’
    • ‘In fact, in some of these countries, it's routine to mistreat prisoners and do a lot worse to them than we did to our prisoners.’
    • ‘The move by the farmers may sour relations with the government, which has in the past accused white farmers of mistreating their black workers.’
    • ‘If not, the people who mistreat the prisoners will be treated as war criminals.’
    • ‘A report published today by the pressure group Animal Aid claims that York livestock market mistreats its cattle.’
    • ‘In the Quran it very carefully and meticulously says you do not mistreat visitors in your own home or visitors in your own country if they are foreigners.’
    • ‘‘What is particularly troubling is his portrayal of Kazakhstan as a country that mistreats women and is stuck in the Stone Age,’ he said.’
    • ‘What happens when an industry mistreats its customers and its suppliers?’
    • ‘Certainly we shouldn't mistreat prisoners, or unnecessarily bomb innocent civilians.’
    • ‘We cannot hunt, abuse and mistreat people in a quest for justice.’
    ill-treat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, misuse, treat badly, handle roughly, treat roughly, knock about, knock around, hit, beat, strike, mishandle
    manhandle, maul, molest, injure, harm, hurt, bully, persecute
    beat up, rough up, do over
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Pronunciation

mistreat

/misˈtrēt/