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English definition of “mistreat”

mistreat

verb [T]     /ˌmɪsˈtriːt/
to treat a person or animal badly, cruelly, or unfairly: Both parents have denied charges of mistreating their children. I think people who mistreat their pets should be banned from keeping them.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive mistreatment     /-mənt/ noun [U] She suffered years of mistreatment from her violent husband.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
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