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English definition of “mistreat”

mistreat

verb [T]  /mɪsˈtrit/ us  
to treat a person or animal badly or cruelly: The owners of the kennel were accused of mistreating the animals in their care.
mistreatment
noun [U]  /mɪsˈtrit·mənt/ us  
The sad condition of the horses suggested a long period of mistreatment and neglect.
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