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[mis-treet] /mɪsˈtrit/
verb (used with object)
to treat badly or abusively.
Origin of mistreat
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English mistreten. See mis-1, treat
Related forms
mistreatment, noun
Can be confused
maltreatment, mistreatment.
maltreat, ill-treat, misuse, wrong. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mistreat
  • What was interesting was how people of one colour could mistreat and harm each other instead of working together.
  • What if they succeeded at taking over and decided to then mistreat you and your family.
  • It's not the first, and it's not likely to be the last administration to misuse and mistreat science and scientists.
  • If not, the people who mistreat the prisoners will be treated as war criminals.
  • When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him.
  • He did not mean to mistreat the great dramatist himself.
  • Well, for starters, their pricing policies which are designed in every way to gouge and mistreat their clientele.
  • If you're selfish and willing to mistreat your fellow humans, no amount of regulations can stop you.
  • While it is true that some people neglect or mistreat pits, they will do this with any breed.
  • They somewhat mistreat people and do not recognize their own corruption.
British Dictionary definitions for mistreat


(transitive) to treat badly
Derived Forms
mistreatment, noun
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Word Origin and History for mistreat

mid-15c.; see mis- (1) + treat (v.). Related: Mistreated; mistreating.

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