Maltreat

  • 1 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

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

    Law dictionary

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

    Etymology dictionary

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 maltreat — ► VERB ▪ treat badly or brutally. DERIVATIVES maltreatment noun …

    English terms dictionary

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

    English World dictionary

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

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

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 maltreat — 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 ; abuse • maltreater noun • maltreatment noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 maltreat — verb To treat badly …

    Wiktionary

  • 12 maltreat — Synonyms and related words: abuse, afflict, aggrieve, batter, befoul, bewitch, blight, bruise, buffet, condemn, corrupt, crucify, curse, damage, defile, deprave, despoil, destroy, disadvantage, disserve, distress, do a mischief, do evil, do ill,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 13 maltreat — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. abuse, ill treat, misuse. See malevolence, wrong. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. injure, damage, ill treat; see abuse 1 , hurt 1 . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To hurt or injure by maltreatment: abuse …

    English dictionary for students

  • 14 maltreat — mal|treat [mælˈtri:t] v [T] to treat a person or animal cruelly = ↑mistreat ▪ The hostages said they were hungry but had not been maltreated. >maltreatment n [U] ▪ evidence of animal maltreatment …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 maltreat — mal|treat [ mæl trit ] verb transitive usually passive to be violent or cruel to a person or animal …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 maltreat — [[t]mæ̱ltri͟ːt[/t]] maltreats, maltreating, maltreated VERB: usu passive If a person or animal is maltreated, they are treated badly, especially by being hurt. [be V ed] He said that he was not tortured or maltreated during his detention... [be V …

    English dictionary

  • 17 maltreat — mæl trɪːt v. mistreat, abuse, treat poorly …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 maltreat — verb treat cruelly or with violence. Derivatives maltreater noun maltreatment noun Origin C18: from Fr. maltraiter …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 19 maltreat — v. a. [Written also Maletreat.] Abuse, ill treat, ill use, injure …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 20 maltreat — verb (T) to treat a person or animal cruelly maltreatment noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English