• synonyms

child abuse



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



Nearby words

chil-, chilalgia, chilblain, chilcat, child, child abuse, child benefit, child bride, child custody, child endowment, child guidance

Origin of child abuse

First recorded in 1970–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for child abuse

  • No one knows the sordid details of the child-abuse scandal better than Clohessy.

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  • Another group found 65,700 child-abuse cases in 2009 in comparison with roughly 150,000 cases in 1992.

British Dictionary definitions for child abuse

child abuse


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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