Definition of Ill-usage

1. Noun. Cruel or inhumane treatment. "The child showed signs of physical abuse"

Exact synonyms: Abuse, Ill-treatment, Maltreatment
Generic synonyms: Mistreatment
Specialized synonyms: Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Persecution, Cruelty, Inhuman Treatment
Derivative terms: Abuse, Ill-treat, Ill-use, Maltreat

Definition of Ill-usage

1. Noun. bad, cruel or unkind treatment ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ill-usage

ill-usage (current term)
ill at ease
ill at ease(p)
ill behaved
ill fame
ill health
ill humor
ill humors
ill humour
ill luck
ill manners
ill nature

Literary usage of Ill-usage

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Spectator: With Sketches of the Lives of the Authors, an Index, and by Joseph Addison, Richard Steele (1853)
"... had a mind to be rid of you, and took the readiest way to pall you with an offer of what you would never desist pursuing while yf«u received ill usage. ..."

2. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill (1870)
"women who complain of ill usage by their husbands. ... Accordingly wives, even in the most extreme and protracted cases of bodily ill usage, ..."

3. The Lives of the Chief Justices of England: From the Norman Conquest Till by John Campbell Campbell (1874)
"But he never combated the pre- His ill-usage judices of the jury. He even encouraged of attorneys- that universal prejudice of the lower orders against ..."

4. A Journal of the Proceedings in Georgia, Beginning October 20, 1737: By by William Stephens (1906)
"... for two or three Days past in drawing up a Re- septemb- monstrance of the ill Usage he had met with, to be presented to the General as soon as he came; ..."

5. Original Letters, Illustrative of English History: Including Numerous Royal by Henry Ellis (1825)
"Arthur Lord Capel and Sir Charles Lucas to Lord Fairfax, complaining of the ill usage of their men taken prisoners. [Ms. DONAT. BRIT. MUs. 1519. ..."

6. The Lives of the Right Hon. Francis North, Baron Guilford, Lord Keeper of by Roger North (1826)
"That, which so much troubled him, was the being thought so weak as to take ill usage from those about the king, (meaning the ill usage. ..."

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