[ 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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OTHER WORDS FROM maltreatmal·treat·er, nounmal·treat·ment, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH maltreatmaltreatment , mistreatment
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Example sentences from the Web for maltreat
He also buys wild animals kept as pets, such as a foulmouthed Tucumán Amazon parrot and a maltreated ocelot in critical condition.
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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