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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
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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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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