child abuse

child abuse

noun
mistreatment of a child by a parent or guardian, including neglect, beating, and sexual molestation.

Origin:
1970–75

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child abuse
 
n
See also nonaccidental injury physical, sexual, or emotional ill-treatment or neglect of a child, esp by those responsible for its welfare

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child abuse
by 1963, from child + abuse (n.).
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