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Syllabification: mal·treat
Pronunciation: /malˈtrēt

Definition of maltreat in English:


[with object]
Treat (a person or animal) cruelly or with violence.
Example sentences
  • No parents or other adults should exploit, abuse or maltreat children.
  • They had a nice four-room flat in Naupada, but soon after my first daughter was born they started maltreating me.
  • Meanwhile, the fate of the abandoned, aborted, murdered, or maltreated girls is barely seen as a problem


early 18th century: from French maltraiter.



Example sentences
  • He advocates the ideas and defends the system of his brother's maltreaters.
  • She's been in the news as the maltreater of dogs and cats.
  • One requirement is that CPS must advise the alleged maltreater of the allegations against him or her at the first contact.

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