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English definition of “mistreat”

mistreat

verb [T] uk   /ˌmɪsˈtriːt/ us  
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.
mistreatment
noun [U] uk   /-mənt/ us  
She suffered years of mistreatment from her violent husband.
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