transitive verb Etymology: part translation of French maltraiter, from Middle French, from mal- + traiter to treat, from Old French traitier — more at treat Date: 1708 to treat cruelly or roughly ; abusemaltreater nounmaltreatment noun

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  • maltreat — mal*treat , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Maltreated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Maltreating}.] [Mal + treat: cf. F. maltraiter.] To treat ill; to abuse; to treat roughly. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maltreat — I verb abuse, assail, ill treat, ill use, mishandle, mistreat, oppress, persecute II index abuse (misuse), abuse (victimize), bait (harass) …   Law dictionary

  • maltreat — (v.) 1708, from Fr. maltraiter, or formed in English from MAL (Cf. mal ) + TREAT (Cf. treat) (v.). Related: Maltreated; maltreating …   Etymology dictionary

  • maltreat — mistreat, ill treat, misuse, *abuse, outrage Analogous words: see those at ILL TREAT …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • maltreat — ► VERB ▪ treat badly or brutally. DERIVATIVES maltreatment noun …   English terms dictionary

  • maltreat — [mal trēt′] vt. [Fr maltraiter: see MAL & TREAT] to treat roughly or unkindly; abuse maltreatment n …   English World dictionary

  • maltreat — UK [mælˈtriːt] / US [mælˈtrɪt] verb [transitive, usually passive] Word forms maltreat : present tense I/you/we/they maltreat he/she/it maltreats present participle maltreating past tense maltreated past participle maltreated to be violent or… …   English dictionary

  • maltreat — maltreater, n. maltreatment, n. /mal treet /, v.t. to treat or handle badly, cruelly, or roughly; abuse: to maltreat a prisoner. [1700 10; earlier maltrait < F maltraiter. See MAL , TREAT] Syn. mistreat, injure. * * * …   Universalium

  • maltreat — verb Maltreat is used with these nouns as the object: ↑child …   Collocations dictionary

  • maltreat — verb To treat badly …   Wiktionary

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