mistreat etymology

English word mistreat comes from English treat, English mis- (Bad or wrong; badly or wrongly. In error. Lack or failure.)

Detailed word origin of mistreat

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
treat English (eng) (obsolete) A parley or discussion of terms; a negotiation.. (obsolete) An entreaty.. An entertainment, outing, or other indulgence provided by someone for the enjoyment of others.. An unexpected gift, event etc., which provides great pleasure. (intransitive) To discourse; to handle a subject in writing or speaking; to conduct a discussion. [from 14th c.]. (intransitive) To negotiate, discuss [...]
mis- English (eng) Bad or wrong; badly or wrongly. In error. Lack or failure.
mistreat English (eng) (transitive) To treat someone, or something roughly or badly.

Words with the same origin as mistreat

Descendants of mis-
misapprehension misappropriation misbehavior miscalculation misconception misconduct misdirect misdirection misfit misfortune mishap misinterpret misinterpretation misjudge mismanagement mismatch misprint misrepresentation misstep mistreatment mistrial mistrust misunderstand misuse