Definition of maltreatment in English:



  • Cruel or violent treatment of a person or animal; mistreatment.

    ‘16 percent of children experience serious maltreatment at the hands of their parents’
    • ‘Specific chapters examine the effect of maltreatment on cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional development in children.’
    • ‘Child maltreatment, abuse and victimization refer to the intentional assault of a child by a caretaker.’
    • ‘According to national newspapers he has claimed abuse and maltreatment by his captors and dismissed their claims as a fabrication.’
    • ‘We don't like thinking about child abuse and maltreatment.’
    • ‘It includes domestic violence, child physical abuse, child sexual abuse and maltreatment of elders.’
    ill treatment, mistreatment, abuse, ill use, ill usage, misuse, bad treatment
    rough handling, beating, mishandling, manhandling, mauling
    bullying, torture, injury, harm, persecution, molestation
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