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maltreat

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verb mal·treat \ˌmal-ˈtrēt\

Simple Definition of maltreat

  • : to treat (someone) in a rough or cruel way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of maltreat

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to treat cruelly or roughly :  abuse

maltreater play \-ˈtrē-tər\ noun
maltreatment play \-ˈtrēt-mənt\ noun

Examples of maltreat in a sentence

  1. <emotionally maltreated and neglected for years by her husband, she had long ago resigned herself to a loveless marriage>

  2. <if you maltreat the puppy, we will take it away immediately>



Origin of maltreat

part translation of French maltraiter, from Middle French, from mal- + traiter to treat, from Old French traitier — more at treat


First Known Use: 1708


MALTREAT Defined for Kids

maltreat

play
verb mal·treat \mal-ˈtrēt\

Definition of maltreat for Students

maltreatedmaltreating

  1. :  to treat in a rough or unkind way :  abuse





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