Definition of maltreatment in English:

maltreatment

noun

mass noun
  • Cruel or violent treatment of a person or animal; mistreatment.

    ‘16 per cent of children experience serious maltreatment at the hands of their parents’
    • ‘According to national newspapers he has claimed abuse and maltreatment by his captors and dismissed their claims as a fabrication.’
    • ‘It includes domestic violence, child physical abuse, child sexual abuse and maltreatment of elders.’
    • ‘We don't like thinking about child abuse and maltreatment.’
    • ‘Child maltreatment, abuse and victimization refer to the intentional assault of a child by a caretaker.’
    • ‘Specific chapters examine the effect of maltreatment on cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional development in children.’
    ill treatment, mistreatment, abuse, ill use, ill usage, misuse, bad treatment
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Pronunciation

maltreatment

/malˈtriːtm(ə)nt/