[ mal-treet ]
/ mælˈtrit /
verb (used with object)
to treat or handle badly, cruelly, or roughly; abuse: to maltreat a prisoner.
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OTHER WORDS FROM maltreatmal·treat·er, nounmal·treat·ment, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH maltreatmaltreatment , mistreatment.
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British Dictionary definitions for maltreat
/ (mælˈtriːt) /
(tr) to treat badly, cruelly, or inconsiderately
Derived forms of maltreatmaltreater, nounmaltreatment, noun
Word Origin for maltreat
C18: from French maltraiter
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