What does mistreat mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mistreat, maltreat, abuse, ill-use, step, ill-treatverb

    treat badly

    "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"


  1. mistreatverb

    To treat someone, or something roughly or badly.


  1. mistreat

    Abuse is the improper usage or treatment of a thing, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, assault, violation, rape, unjust practices, crimes, or other types of aggression. To these descriptions, one can also add the Kantian notion of the wrongness of using another human being as means to an end rather than as ends in themselves. Some sources describe abuse as "socially constructed", which means there may be more or less recognition of the suffering of a victim at different times and societies.


  1. mistreat

    Mistreat refers to treating someone or something unfairly or poorly, often with violence or cruelty. It entails causing physical, emotional, or psychological harm or distress, either intentionally or as a result of negligence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mistreatverb

    to treat amiss; to abuse

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mistreat

    mis-trēt′, v.t. to treat ill: to abuse.—n. Mistreat′ment, ill-treatment: abuse.

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  1. martites

  2. teratism

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mistreat in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mistreat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of mistreat in a Sentence

  1. Caroline Heldman:

    Power in colleges has shifted dramatically in recent years to the administrative side, those of us who are tenured need to use our academic freedom because we're the only ones at institutions who have power to speak out when administrations mistreat Know Your.

  2. Roger Holm:

    She just always had that courage about her, she never did like seeing people mistreat anybody.

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