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maltreat

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of maltreat

  1. 1 to inflict physical or emotional harm upon <emotionally maltreated and neglected for years by her husband, she had long ago resigned herself to a loveless marriage> Synonyms brutalize, bully, ill-treat, ill-use, kick around, abuse, manhandle, mess over [slang], mishandle, mistreat, misuseRelated Words molest, outrage, violate; harass, harm, hurt, injure, oppress, persecute, torment, torture; burn, sandbag, victimize, wrong; beat (up), mess (up), rough (up), work (over)Near Antonyms care (for), cherish, foster, nurture; baby, cater (to), coddle, favor, gratify, humor, indulge, mollycoddle, pamper, spoil

  2. 2 to abuse physically <if you maltreat the puppy, we will take it away immediately> Synonyms manhandle, maul, mishandle, rough (up)Related Words abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, mistreat, misuse; roughhouse, wrestle; bash, batter, beat, buffet, drub, lambaste (or lambast), lick, pommel, pound, pummel, slap, thrash; harm, hurt, injure, wound; oppress, persecute, wrong; ambush, assail, attack; clobber, fight, gang up (on), hit, jump, knock; torment, tortureNear Antonyms caress, fondle, pet; coddle, mollycoddle, pamper; care (for), foster, nurture


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