Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. taken advantage of; treated badly; -- of persons.
  • adj. Misapplied.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of persons; taken advantage of

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Examples

  • I used to live in a place with lots of feeder and express, and they were ill-used by the middle classes.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Future of the Suburbs

  • Episode's climax is an engagement dinner party to end all scandalous dinner parties, as the Graysons-plus-Emily are interrupted by an enraged and confrontational Jack, who's viewed the tape left under his bed revealing Victoria's affair with the late and ill-used David Clarke.

    Matt's TV Week in Review

  • She had survived, she had avenged herself, she had affirmation, money and power, when so many ill-used women have to struggle through life with nothing.

    Poor, shy, sweet Diana? Don't make me laugh | Barbara Ellen

  • Each photo showed her a little more bedraggled, a little more ill-used.

    Fatal Error

  • Like unpaid interns who devalue the work of their colleagues at the same time that they are ill-used, a wave of philanthropy on the scale envisaged by the coalition would inevitably make some officials wonder why they pay people for tasks a volunteer would do for nothing.

    Do we really want to be policed by hobby bobbies?

  • It caught the mood of those of us who felt we were being ill-used by agents of a new reformation.

    On "Gnostic Traditionalism"

  • The third wife was certainly ill-used, as Mauki could see for himself.

    MAUKI

  • Also picking up the pace this week: How I Met Your Mother, introducing a very spirited Jennifer Morrison (so ill-used in recent years on House) in a recurring role as Ted's new sparring partner, Zoey, an activist whose latest cause is protesting the new GNB headquarters Ted is designing from the ruins of a landmark hotel.

    Matt's TV Week in Review

  • It doesn't help that Billie is surrounded by characters as unstable as she is, from Zack's friends to Jensen's frenzied Olivia — which means this wonderful actress is as ill-used here as she was in Ugly Betty.

    Elfman wears out welcome, viewers in 'Accidentally'

  • For a few weeks, The Philanthropist will let a fine if ill-used cast take us on a tour of global hot spots: Nigeria this week, Myanmar the next.

    Short-run 'Philanthropist' is odd, but good-intentioned

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