maltreat

[ mal-treet ]
/ mælˈtrit /

verb (used with object)

to treat or handle badly, cruelly, or roughly; abuse: to maltreat a prisoner.

Nearby words

  1. malthusianism,
  2. malting,
  3. maltodextrin,
  4. maltol,
  5. maltose,
  6. maltreatment,
  7. maltster,
  8. malty,
  9. maluku,
  10. malunion

Origin of maltreat

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

Related formsmal·treat·er, nounmal·treat·ment, noun

Can be confusedmaltreatment mistreatment

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British Dictionary definitions for maltreat

maltreat

/ (mælˈtriːt) /

verb

(tr) to treat badly, cruelly, or inconsiderately
Derived Formsmaltreater, nounmaltreatment, noun

Word Origin for maltreat

C18: from French maltraiter

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Word Origin and History for maltreat

maltreat

v.

1708, from French maltraiter, or formed in English from mal- + treat (v.). Related: Maltreated; maltreating.

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