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maltreat

verb

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1 to inflict physical or emotional harm upon
  • a manager fired for maltreating the staff with needless insults
  • a home for children who have been deprived and maltreated

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2 to abuse physically
  • if you maltreat the puppy, we will take it away immediately

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The first known use of maltreat was in 1708

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“Maltreat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/maltreat. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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