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Ill-usage   /ɪl-jˈusədʒ/   Listen

Cruel or inhumane treatment.  Synonyms: abuse, ill-treatment, maltreatment.

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"Ill-usage" Quotes from Famous Books

... it must have its reliefs of light as well as shade. There must be little touches, a bright "has been," sunny spots of a happy past Without the force of these contrasts, there is no possibility of establishing the grand grievance which is embodied in ill-usage. ...
— Cornelius O'Dowd Upon Men And Women And Other Things In General - Originally Published In Blackwood's Magazine - 1864 • Charles Lever

... Avellanos loved his country. He had served it lavishly with his fortune during his diplomatic career, and the later story of his captivity and barbarous ill-usage under Guzman Bento was well known to his listeners. It was a wonder that he had not been a victim of the ferocious and summary executions which marked the course of that tyranny; for Guzman had ruled the country with the sombre imbecility of political fanaticism. The power of Supreme Government ...
— Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard • Joseph Conrad

... action which might, for aught he knew or cared, produce the most serious consequences to his unfortunate countrymen in a savage land, by exposing them to the wretchedness of want, and the miseries of slavery, to mockery, ill-usage, contempt, and scorn, and even to ...
— Lander's Travels - The Travels of Richard Lander into the Interior of Africa • Robert Huish

... TO. English law has always in theory given to children the same remedies as to adults for ill-usage, whether by their parents or by others, and has never recognized the patria potestas as known to the earlier Roman law; and while powers of discipline and chastisement have been regarded as necessarily incident to paternal authority, the father is civilly liable to his children for wrongs done ...
— Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2 - "Chicago, University of" to "Chiton" • Various

Words linked to "Ill-usage" :   child abuse, inhuman treatment, abuse, child neglect, persecution, maltreatment, ill-use, mistreatment, ill-treatment, cruelty

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