maltreat
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /malˈtɹiːt/
Verb

maltreat (maltreats, present participle maltreating; past and past participle maltreated)

  1. To treat badly, to abuse. [from 18th c.]
    • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 217:
      he received a telegram from the prime minister ordering that on no account were Yacef and Zohra Drif to be maltreated in any way.
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