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English definition of “maltreat”

maltreat

verb [T] uk   /ˌmælˈtriːt/ formal us  
to treat someone cruelly or violently: He had been badly maltreated as a child.
maltreatment
noun [U] uk   /-mənt/ us  
They complained about the physical and psychological maltreatment of prisoners.
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