Mistreatment is being cruel or thoughtless toward a person, animal, or even an object. Your little brother's habit of picking the cat up by his tail is an example of mistreatment.

Mistreatment of the family car might include driving it on the beach, while mistreatment of one's children could be as serious as abuse. If you don't treat someone well, it can be called mistreatment. The word itself comes from the Old English prefix mis-, "bad or wrong," and treat, "to handle or deal with."

Definitions of mistreatment

n the practice of treating (someone or something) badly

“he should be punished for his mistreatment of his mother”
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annoyance, annoying, irritation, vexation
the act of troubling or annoying someone
disregard, neglect
willful lack of care and attention
exploitation, using, victimisation, victimization
an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly)
harassment, molestation
the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
abuse, ill-treatment, ill-usage, maltreatment
cruel or inhumane treatment
contemptuous disregard
the exploitation of black people (especially with regard to stereotyped roles in movies)
the commercial exploitation of sex or sexuality or explicit sexual material
child abuse
the physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children
child neglect
failure of caretakers to provide adequate emotional and physical care for a child
the act of persecuting (especially on the basis of race or religion)
cruelty, inhuman treatment
a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering
harassment especially of a tethered animal
badgering, bedevilment, torment, worrying
the act of harassing someone
actions that cause great irritation (or even anger)
red flag
something that irritates or demands immediate action
sexual harassment
unwelcome sexual behavior by a supervisor toward an employee
ribbing, tantalization, tease, teasing
the act of harassing someone playfully or maliciously (especially by ridicule); provoking someone with persistent annoyances
searching out and harassing dissenters
exploitation by a stronger country of weaker one; the use of the weaker country's resources to strengthen and enrich the stronger country
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pattern, practice
a customary way of operation or behavior

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