ill-used


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ill-use

(ĭl′yo͞oz′)
tr.v. ill-used, ill-us·ing, ill-us·es
To maltreat.
n. (ĭl′yo͞os′)
Unjust or poor treatment; ill-usage.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ill-used - of personsill-used - of persons; taken advantage of; "after going out of his way to help his friend get the job he felt not appreciated but used"
misused - used incorrectly or carelessly or for an improper purpose; "misused words are often laughable but one weeps for misused talents"
References in classic literature ?
And it did not seem particularly dreadful, because besides the masters he had served here, like Vasili Andreevich, he always felt himself dependent on the Chief Master, who had sent him into this life, and he knew that when dying he would still be in that Master's power and would not be ill-used by Him.
But I am ill-used, I am ill-used, I am ill-used!' Here the sobs and the tears, and the tearing hand, which had all been suspended together since the first surprise, went on together anew.
Of course, it is a very bad habit; but I am sure, if all she says be true, she must have been very ill-used before she came here.
According to Old File's statement, though Doctor Dulcifer had never actually ill-used his wife, he had never lived on kind terms with her: the main cause of the estrangement between them, in later years, being Mrs.
Many persons occasion seditions in oligarchies because they think themselves ill-used in not sharing the honours of the state with their equals, as I have already mentioned; but in democracies the principal people do the same because they have not more than an equal share with others who are not equal to them.
When you are ill-used by one woman, there is great comfort in telling it to another--because, nine times out of ten, the other always takes your side.
I carried it on as far as this with a sort of indifferency that he often wondered at, more than at first, but which was the only support of his courtship; and I mention it the rather to intimate again to the ladies that nothing but want of courage for such an indifferency makes our sex so cheap, and prepares them to be ill-used as they are; would they venture the loss of a pretending fop now and then, who carries it high upon the point of his own merit, they would certainly be less slighted, and courted more.
And thus I got over the fraud of passing for a fortune without money, and cheating a man into marrying me on pretence of a fortune; which, by the way, I take to be one of the most dangerous steps a woman can take, and in which she runs the most hazard of being ill-used afterwards.
They cried out they would not suffer their Bishop to be ill-used, and the uproar became so great that the council broke up without there being any trial at all.
The NDF will be an important plan for Wales providing a strategic approach to planning that its ill-used predecessor, the Wales Spatial Plan (WSP), failed to achieve.
But we don't need to buy back old, ill-used rolling stock at some arbitrary inflated price.
A couple of girls encountered a group of soldiers "who enticed them to a lonely spot, and ill-used them so grossly" that one of them soon died of her injuries.