maltreat

[mal-treet]
verb (used with object)
to treat or handle badly, cruelly, or roughly; abuse: to maltreat a prisoner.

Origin:
1700–10; earlier maltrait < French maltraiter. See mal-, treat

maltreater, noun
maltreatment, noun

maltreatment, mistreatment.


mistreat, injure.
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maltreat (mælˈtriːt)
 
vb
(tr) to treat badly, cruelly, or inconsiderately
 
[C18: from French maltraiter]
 
mal'treater
 
n
 
mal'treatment
 
n

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maltreat
1708, from mal- + treat (v.).

maltreatment
1721, from mal- + treatment.
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Among these was the failure of enlisted service members to report maltreatment to their commanding officers.
Another key factor that permits maltreatment is stigma.
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