maltreat

verb
mal·​treat | \ ˌmal-ˈtrēt How to pronounce maltreat (audio) \
maltreated; maltreating; maltreats

Definition of maltreat

transitive verb

: to treat cruelly or roughly : abuse

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Other Words from maltreat

maltreater \ ˌmal-​ˈtrē-​tər How to pronounce maltreat (audio) \ noun
maltreatment \ ˌmal-​ˈtrēt-​mənt How to pronounce maltreat (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Coincidentally, a landmark incident that led to the death of a Nigerian happened in 2009 in Guangzhou, where Nigerians were recently maltreated. Abdul-gafar Tobi Oshodi, Quartz Africa, "The maltreatment of Nigerians in China isn’t likely to end anytime soon," 31 May 2020 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

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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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The first known use of maltreat was in 1708

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“Maltreat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maltreat. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for maltreat

maltreat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of maltreat

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

maltreat

verb
mal·​treat | \ mal-ˈtrēt How to pronounce maltreat (audio) \
maltreated; maltreating

Kids Definition of maltreat

: to treat in a rough or unkind way : abuse

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