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[mis-treet] /mɪsˈtrit/
verb (used with object)
to treat badly or abusively.
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 mistreated
  • Otherwise they will always be underfunded, misunderstood, and mistreated in the political sphere.
  • There are so many animals being mistreated these days.
  • Animals that can no longer earn their keep are frequently abandoned, mistreated, and starved.
  • My in-box is stuffed with complaints from mistreated customers.
  • They weren't beating us, they never mistreated us or insulted us or threatened us.
  • Dogs are loyal loving creatures and don't deserve to be teased or mistreated.
  • If they are mistreated they can't help being unpredictable.
  • When they bump into old acquaintances they mistreated, the guilt can become overwhelming.
  • There were all these problems, all these people killed and mistreated.
  • People should be educated in the way they would feel if they were mistreated.
British Dictionary definitions for mistreated


(transitive) to treat badly
Derived Forms
mistreatment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mistreated



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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