Meaning of ill-use in English:


Pronunciation /ɪlˈjuːs/


[with object]
  • Ill-treat (someone)

    ‘she felt ill-used by her former boss’
    • ‘His words were that you ill-used me and then utterly disowned us.’
    • ‘How could you turn your affection to a man that so ill-used you when I was always there longing for you?’
    • ‘From one point of view, Britain is now marooned in the Atlantic - distrusted by the Europeans, and ill-used by an American administration which remains stubbornly unilateralist and even nationalist.’
    • ‘I gather she may have been ill-used.’
    • ‘Natalya Bessmertnova is delicate as the long-suffering Phrygia, cruelly separated from her husband, ill-used by Crassus and mocked by Aegina, finding Spartacus again only to lose him in the final battle with the superior Roman forces.’
    • ‘In reaching the conclusion that Banner had failed to establish a constructive trust over the shares in Stowhelm, the judge expressed ‘some regret because I consider that Banner was somewhat ill-used by Luff’.’
    • ‘Nobody would ever have any cause to say I was not a fair employer since I knew only too well what it was like working as a servant in a large house and feeling as though you were being ill-used and worked to death for little reward.’
    • ‘But in the very next sentence he mocked that he himself had been ill-used.’
    • ‘Kelly, a whistleblower who the government would naturally have despised, was elevated to the role of a honourable man whom Gilligan had supposedly ill-used to further his nefarious anti-government agenda.’
    • ‘Her character just stays in the hotel room the entire day, moping around in panties and looking ill-used.’
    • ‘But I think she does have some justification for feeling ill-used.’
    • ‘The men came there, got her drunk, and held him and ill-used his wife.’
    • ‘I do not despise your child… just the memory of how you were so ill-used.’
    • ‘Frequently ill-tempered and ill-used, their natural ability to survive for long periods without food or water nevertheless makes them valuable both as baggage animals and troop-carriers.’
    • ‘Thomas felt ill-used and left, disgusted with the process.’
    • ‘Indeed, comparing him to Benedict Arnold is instructive: both gifted men were at times disgracefully ill-used.’
    • ‘I hope you have not made any hasty arrangements with him for certainly you can surmise, his only intentions will be to ill use her and then cast her aside in poverty and disgrace.’
    beat up, beat, batter, strike, hit, punch, thump, thrash, smack, slap, cuff, buffet, pummel, belabour


(also ill use)
mass noun
  • Ill-treatment.

    ‘You must search an Austrian castle and find the clock before it can be put to ill use.’
    • ‘They are mechanical devices subject to ill use.’
    • ‘These places are notorious for the ill use of their workers’
    ill treatment, mistreatment, abuse, ill use, ill usage, misuse, bad treatment