• WordNet 3.6
    • n ill-usage cruel or inhumane treatment "the child showed signs of physical abuse"
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In literature:

Caius knew that now it was the right time to tell Madame Le Maitre what had occurred the night before, and the ill-usage he had suffered.
"The Mermaid" by Lily Dougall
Crime is evolved from perverted natures, and natures become perverted from ill-usage.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
From the Wind in the Chimney, also, nothing but ill usage could be expected.
"The Shadow Witch" by Gertrude Crownfield
A sense of ill usage filled Marjorie that she had not been present.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
The dog had been broken in nerve, and admittedly by ill-usage.
"'Murphy'" by Major Gambier-Parry
One of them was bold enough to protest to the visitors against a particularly flagrant case of ill-usage.
"World's War Events, Vol. II" by Various
The religious character of the war was emphasized by plunder of churches and ill usage of monks and clergy.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
He was too weak from misery and ill-usage to finish the blissful result.
"The Captain's Bunk" by M. B. Manwell
When you treat me thus for an hour, I can bear your ill usage for a year.
"A Pessimist" by Robert Timsol
There is never any want of women who complain of ill usage by their husbands.
"The Subjection of Women" by John Stuart Mill

In poetry:

'Then far rumours of her ill-usage
Came, like a chilling breath
When a man languisheth;
Followed by news that her mind lost balance,
And, in a space, of her death.
"The Cheval-Glass" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

The store, in Oak Park, Ill. Is expected to reduce its energy usage by about 46% as a result of the geothermal system.
Thousands of medical apps help patients and doctors monitor illness, but overall usage remains low.