maltreat

verb mal·treat \ ˌmal-ˈtrēt \

Definition of maltreat

transitive verb
: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

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Origin and Etymology of maltreat

partial translation of French maltraiter, from Middle French, from mal- + traiter to treat, from Old French traitier — more at 1treat


MALTREAT Defined for English Language Learners

maltreat

verb

Definition of maltreat for English Language Learners

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


MALTREAT Defined for Kids

maltreat

verb mal·treat \ mal-ˈtrēt \

Definition of maltreat for Students

maltreated; maltreating
:to treat in a rough or unkind way :abuse


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