child abuse

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. chil-,
  2. chilalgia,
  3. chilblain,
  4. chilcat,
  5. child,
  6. child benefit,
  7. child bride,
  8. child custody,
  9. child endowment,
  10. child guidance

Origin of child abuse

First recorded in 1970–75

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British Dictionary definitions for child abuse

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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