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maltreat

[mal-treet] /mælˈtrit/
verb (used with object)
1.
to treat or handle badly, cruelly, or roughly; abuse:
to maltreat a prisoner.
Origin of maltreat
1700-1710
1700-10; earlier maltrait < French maltraiter. See mal-, treat
Related forms
maltreater, noun
maltreatment, noun
Can be confused
maltreatment, mistreatment.
Synonyms
mistreat, injure.
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  • We are not repelled much by his eagerness to refute and maltreat his opponent.

    Gibbon James Cotter Morison
  • Consequently my uncle looked upon me as useless, and began to maltreat me again.

    Mauprat George Sand
  • Was he to be enticed once again into Lombard Street, in order that the clerks might set upon him in a body and maltreat him?

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • Crosby was her property, to browbeat and maltreat as seemed best to her.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
  • So Collie took advantage of her sex to pick upon White Fang and maltreat him.

    White Fang Jack London
  • You may maltreat him when I am away, but not before my eyes.

    The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka
  • To misunderstand and maltreat Austen Vane, of all people Austen, whose consideration for his father had been what it had!

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • It was an heroic resolution, and shame that hunger should so maltreat it.

    Aladdin of London Sir Max Pemberton
  • How dare you maltreat this one who has given edifying instruction to his fellow citizens?

    Freaks of Fanaticism Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for maltreat

maltreat

/mælˈtriːt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to treat badly, cruelly, or inconsiderately
Derived Forms
maltreater, noun
maltreatment, noun
Word Origin
C18: from French maltraiter
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Word Origin and History for maltreat
v.

1708, from French maltraiter, or formed in English from mal- + treat (v.). Related: Maltreated; maltreating.

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