child abuse

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noun

mistreatment of a child by a parent or guardian, including neglect, beating, and sexual molestation.

Origin of child abuse

First recorded in 1970–75
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child abuse

noun

physical, sexual, or emotional ill-treatment or neglect of a child, esp by those responsible for its welfareSee also nonaccidental injury
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