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maltreat

[mal-treet]
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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
Related formsmal·treat·er, nounmal·treat·ment, noun
Can be confusedmaltreatment mistreatment

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Related Words

injustice, violation, injury, abuse

British Dictionary definitions for maltreatment

maltreat

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

Word Origin

C18: from French maltraiter
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Word Origin and History for maltreatment

n.

1721, from French maltraitement or formed in English from mal- + treatment.

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maltreat

v.

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

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