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English definition of “ill-treat”

ill-treat

verb [T]     /ˌɪlˈtriːt/
to treat someone badly, especially by being violent or by not taking care of them: The child had been severely ill-treated by his parents.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive ill-treatment noun [U] Many asylum seekers described the ill-treatment they had received in various detention centres.
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