mistreat - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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/mɪsˈtriːt/
present tense
I/you/we/theymistreat
he/she/itmistreats
present participlemistreating
past tensemistreated
past participlemistreated
  1. to treat someone in an unfair or cruel way

    She felt she had been mistreated by the police.

    The animals used in the film were in no way mistreated.

derived word

mistreatment

noun [uncountable]