Meaning of “mistreat” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “mistreat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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mistreatverb [ T ]

us /mɪsˈtrit/

to treat a person or animal badly or cruelly:

The owners of the kennel were accused of mistreating the animals in their care.
noun [ U ] us /mɪsˈtrit·mənt/

The sad condition of the horses suggested a long period of mistreatment and neglect.

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