Definition of maltreat in English:

maltreat

verb

[with object]
  • Treat (a person or animal) cruelly or with violence.

    ‘children die from neglect or are maltreated by their carers’
    • ‘No parents or other adults should exploit, abuse or maltreat children.’
    • ‘After being promised the joys of French life, she is kept inside the house, relegated to menial tasks and misunderstood and maltreated by the mother.’
    • ‘The general belief is that parents who maltreat their children are rare, pathological and certainly not like us.’
    • ‘They had a nice four-room flat in Naupada, but soon after my first daughter was born they started maltreating me.’
    • ‘Non-governmental organization workers were also maltreated by the demonstrators.’
    • ‘She was maltreated by her husband's family for failing to extract more money from her parents.’
    • ‘He detailed the slow diminishment of his vitality as he is maltreated by people he encounters.’
    • ‘The strike action was in response to workers' claims that the company management had maltreated two workers.’
    • ‘Parents who maltreat their children are more likely to show such biases.’
    • ‘Whoever physically maltreats or harms the health of another person, shall be punished with imprisonment for not more than five years or a fine.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the fate of the abandoned, aborted, murdered, or maltreated girls is barely seen as a problem’
    • ‘There was a link between parents who maltreated their children and those in physically abusive relationships with their partners.’
    • ‘He maltreated her and constantly ran off with Shug Avery, while married to her.’
    • ‘This particular prototype can be described as an aggressive and sadistic femme fatale who physically maltreats her male subordinates.’
    • ‘As part of his pre-trial agreement, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to maltreat detainees, two counts of maltreatment of detainees and one count of dereliction of duty.’
    • ‘According to a 2002 government report, ‘The vast majority of children were maltreated by one parent, usually the mother.’’
    • ‘In order to carry through deportations and break the resistance of refugees, officers often maltreat people by tying them up and gagging them, or sedating them with drugs against their will.’
    • ‘Hence, for example, he is shocked if the police maltreat a criminal in order to secure a conviction.’
    • ‘Lower income, the increased stress associated with the sole burden of family responsibilities, and fewer supports are thought to contribute to the risk of single parents maltreating their children.’
    • ‘He renews his association with Catherine, to the dismay of her effete husband Edgar, but then elopes with Isabella, whom he maltreats.’
    ill-treat, mistreat, abuse, ill-use, misuse, treat badly
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Origin

Early 18th century: from French maltraiter.

Pronunciation

maltreat

/malˈtriːt/