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maltreat

mal·treat

maltreat

pronunciation:
mael trit
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: maltreated, maltreating, maltreats
definition: to treat badly, esp. with physical abuse.
Severe bruising on his arms and legs suggested that the prisoner had been maltreated.
synonyms:
abuse, mistreat, misuse
similar words:
batter, disrespect, injure, manhandle, molest, persecute, punish, shaft, torture, wrong
derivations: maltreater (n.), maltreatment (n.)