ill-treat - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] formal 

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present tense
I/you/we/theyill-treat
he/she/itill-treats
present participleill-treating
past tenseill-treated
past participleill-treated
  1. to treat a person or animal in a cruel or unkind way

    people who ill-treat their pets

derived word

ill-treatment

 

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noun [uncountable]