What does the word maltreat mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Maltreatment.

  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To use ill; abuse.

Usage examples for maltreat

  1. The Viceroy thereupon warned the Ameer that all supplies and subsidies would be stopped until he became amenable to advice and ceased to maltreat subjects known to be favourable to the British alliance. – The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.) by John Holland Rose
  2. The will of the proud, insolent Arab was supreme, whether his demands were reasonable or otherwise; having bought his wives cheap, he might maltreat or divorce them at pleasure. – Woman: Man's Equal by Thomas Webster
  3. But they have no idea of publicity, keep their business to themselves, rather affect to " move in a mysterious way," and are naturally incensed by criticisms, which they consider hypocritical, from men who would import " labour" for themselves, if they could afford it, and would probably maltreat them if they dared. – The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang