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child abuse

noun

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


child abuse

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of child abuse1

First recorded in 1970–75
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Example Sentences

It needs to be said: bigotry in the name of religion is still bigotry; child abuse wrapped in a Bible verse is still child abuse.

There are 17 states with laws that consider drug abuse during pregnancy a form of child abuse.

South Carolina and Alabama courts have already ruled late-pregnancy substance abuse can be considered a form of child abuse.

Nor could they find 114 files related to another investigation of child abuse between 1979 and 1999.

Larry Smith, an Iraq war veteran running for a congressional seat in Texas thinks President Obama should be sued for child abuse.

Sometimes the specialists are imposed when society perceives a need to intervene, especially in cases of suspected child abuse.

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