mistreatment of a child by a parent or guardian, including neglect, beating, and sexual molestation.
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Origin of child abuse
First recorded in 1970–75
Words nearby child abuse
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Example sentences from the Web for child abuse
No one knows the sordid details of the child-abuse scandal better than Clohessy.
Another group found 65,700 child-abuse cases in 2009 in comparison with roughly 150,000 cases in 1992.The Penn State Scandal: 7 Facts About Child Sex Abuse|Lizzie Crocker|November 22, 2011|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for 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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