maltreat

verb
mal·​treat | \ˌmal-ˈtrēt \
maltreated; maltreating; maltreats

Definition of maltreat 

transitive verb

: to treat cruelly or roughly : abuse

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Other Words from maltreat

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

Examples of maltreat in a Sentence

emotionally maltreated and neglected for years by her husband, she had long ago resigned herself to a loveless marriage if you maltreat the puppy, we will take it away immediately

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Youngsters who live in neighborhoods with more bars or liquor stores are more likely to be maltreated. Kunmi Sobowale, Scientific American, "Raising Alcohol Taxes Can Curtail Assaults and Suicides," 1 July 2017 Youngsters who live in neighborhoods with more bars or liquor stores are more likely to be maltreated. Kunmi Sobowale, Scientific American, "Raising Alcohol Taxes Can Curtail Assaults and Suicides," 1 July 2017 Youngsters who live in neighborhoods with more bars or liquor stores are more likely to be maltreated. Kunmi Sobowale, Scientific American, "Raising Alcohol Taxes Can Curtail Assaults and Suicides," 1 July 2017 Youngsters who live in neighborhoods with more bars or liquor stores are more likely to be maltreated. Kunmi Sobowale, Scientific American, "Raising Alcohol Taxes Can Curtail Assaults and Suicides," 1 July 2017 Youngsters who live in neighborhoods with more bars or liquor stores are more likely to be maltreated. Kunmi Sobowale, Scientific American, "Raising Alcohol Taxes Can Curtail Assaults and Suicides," 1 July 2017 Youngsters who live in neighborhoods with more bars or liquor stores are more likely to be maltreated. Kunmi Sobowale, Scientific American, "Raising Alcohol Taxes Can Curtail Assaults and Suicides," 1 July 2017 Youngsters who live in neighborhoods with more bars or liquor stores are more likely to be maltreated. Kunmi Sobowale, Scientific American, "Raising Alcohol Taxes Can Curtail Assaults and Suicides," 1 July 2017 The evidence came from Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer, who was later imprisoned and maltreated in Russia, and died in custody in 2009. The Economist, "Laundry listLatvia’s top banking official has been accused of taking a bribe," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of maltreat

1708, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for maltreat

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

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maltose

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malt sugar

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The first known use of maltreat was in 1708

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maltreat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of maltreat

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

maltreat

verb
mal·​treat | \mal-ˈtrēt \
maltreated; maltreating

Kids Definition of maltreat

: to treat in a rough or unkind way : abuse

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