verb (used with object)
to treat badly or abusively.
late Middle English
Can be confused
maltreat, ill-treat, misuse, wrong.
) to treat badly
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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.
He feared the dog would be mistreated if left to fend for himself, and did what he had to do.
The study also indicated that a small percentage of those surveyed may have mistreated noncombatants.
The two youths were neither deprived nor mistreated.
It is alleged that prisoners were routinely mistreated at the facility.
Foreigners can be mistreated without electoral consequence, since they cannot vote.
Cases often take up to six years to be resolved, so many mistreated investors do not pursue their complaints.
When amahs are mistreated, as many are, they almost never seek redress.
Faculty members feel that they are cheated, mistreated, and misunderstood.
Our scientists justifiably feel mistreated and neglected on important policy matters.
Let me say, the kids also know when they are being mistreated and when things are not quite fair.
Not one of them was mistreated or paid inappropriate fees or rates.
In good times, abused workers can simply walk out on a job if they are being mistreated.
It's a story about who to call at the airlines when you feel you've been mistreated.
Even the smartest travelers get cheated or mistreated.
Conservationists worry that privately owned cats can be mistreated and that they pose a threat to humans if they escape.
Mistreated, it gets us there with flat tires and dents--or not at all.
Leach was fired last month amid allegations he mistreated a player who suffered a concussion.
Abused males reported being mistreated as children, but females, as both children and adults.
Mentally ill inmates in those units are less likely to be mistreated by other inmates.
Davidson mistreated and verbally abused two residents of a health care facility.
When children are exploited or mistreated, and that natural spark in their eyes is diminished, our world is diminished.
Although bats are often mistreated and misunderstood, these mammals are beneficial and important components of the ecosystem.
Keeping children safe means each of you has an obligation to inform the authorities if you suspect children are being mistreated.