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maltreat

[ mal-treet ]
/ mælˈtrit /
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verb (used with object)
to treat or handle badly, cruelly, or roughly; abuse: to maltreat a prisoner.
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Origin of maltreat

1700–10; earlier maltrait<French maltraiter.See mal-, treat

OTHER WORDS FROM maltreat

mal·treat·er, nounmal·treat·ment, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH maltreat

maltreatment , mistreatment
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British Dictionary definitions for maltreat

maltreat
/ (mælˈtriːt) /

verb
(tr) to treat badly, cruelly, or inconsiderately

Derived forms of maltreat

maltreater, nounmaltreatment, noun

Word Origin for maltreat

C18: from French maltraiter
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