AskDefine | Define maltreat

Dictionary Definition

maltreat v : treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead" [syn: mistreat, abuse, ill-use, step, ill-treat]

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  1. To treat badly.


treat badly

Synonyms, Antonyms 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, do violence to, do wrong, do wrong by, do wrong to, doom, envenom, get into trouble, harass, harm, hex, hurt, ill-treat, ill-use, impair, infect, injure, jinx, knock about, manhandle, maul, menace, mishandle, mistreat, molest, outrage, persecute, play havoc with, play hob with, poison, pollute, prejudice, rough, rough up, savage, scathe, taint, threaten, torment, torture, violate, wound, wreak havoc on, wrong
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