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View synonyms for maltreatment

maltreatment

[ mal-treet-muhnt ]

noun

  1. the act of treating someone badly, cruelly, or roughly; abuse:

    Around 4 to 6 percent of elderly people have experienced some form of maltreatment at home.



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Word History and Origins

Origin of maltreatment1

First recorded in 1700–10; mal- ( def ) + treatment ( def )

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Example Sentences

He also buys wild animals kept as pets, such as a foulmouthed Tucumán Amazon parrot and a maltreated ocelot in critical condition.

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