maltreat

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verb mal·treat \ˌmal-ˈtrēt\

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 and Etymology of maltreat

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


First Known Use: 1708


MALTREAT Defined for English Language Learners

maltreat

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verb mal·treat \ˌmal-ˈtrēt\

Definition of maltreat for English Language Learners

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


MALTREAT Defined for Kids

maltreat

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verb mal·treat \mal-ˈtrēt\

Definition of maltreat for Students

maltreated

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maltreating

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



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