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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

Full Definition of maltreat

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

mal·treat·er play \-ˈtrē-tər\ noun
mal·treat·ment play \-ˈtrēt-mənt\ noun

Examples of maltreat

  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



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