AskDefine | Define mistreat

Dictionary Definition

mistreat v : treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead" [syn: maltreat, abuse, ill-use, step, ill-treat]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To treat someone, or something roughly or badly.


treat someone or something roughly or badly

Extensive Definition

Abuse refers to the use or treatment of something (a person, item, substance, concept, or vocabulary) that is seen as harmful.
Several types of abuse include:
mistreat in Catalan: Abús
mistreat in German: Missbrauch
mistreat in French: Maltraitance
mistreat in Italian: Abuso
mistreat in Hebrew: התעללות
mistreat in Hungarian: Visszaélés
mistreat in Japanese: 虐待
mistreat in Polish: Abuse (internet)
mistreat in Portuguese: Abuso
mistreat in Romanian: Abuz
mistreat in Russian: Злоупотребление
mistreat in Sicilian: Abbusu
mistreat in Simple English: Abuse
mistreat in Turkish: İstismar
mistreat in Yiddish: באלעסטיגן

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abuse, afflict, aggrieve, batter, befoul, bewitch, blight, bruise, brutalize, buffet, condemn, corrupt, crucify, curse, damage, defile, deprave, despoil, destroy, disadvantage, disserve, distress, do a mischief, do evil, do ill, do violence to, do wrong, do wrong by, do wrong to, doom, envenom, get into trouble, harass, harm, hex, hurt, ill-treat, ill-use, impair, infect, injure, jinx, knock about, maltreat, manhandle, maul, menace, mishandle, misuse, molest, outrage, persecute, play havoc with, play hob with, poison, pollute, prejudice, rough, rough up, savage, scathe, taint, threaten, torment, torture, violate, wound, wreak havoc on, wrong
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