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Maltreatment   /mæltrˈitmənt/   Listen

Cruel or inhumane treatment.  Synonyms: abuse, ill-treatment, ill-usage.

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"Maltreatment" Quotes from Famous Books

... stone overhung with plants. There for months he quietly kept house, only going up and down his hand-breadth of room once or twice a day. Minding his own business without hurt to his neighbor, he dwelt in unambitious tranquillity. Had he not fallen a victim to the most cruel maltreatment, he might still adorn his ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, Issue 11, September, 1858 • Various

... qualities—"Non cum hoc, sed propter hoc.'' It is a general quality of the untrained, and hence the majority of men, that they shall greet the unfortunate who suffers from some bodily malformation not with care and protection, but with scorn and maltreatment. Such propensities belong, alas, not only to adults, but also to children, who annoy their deformed playfellows (whether expressly or whether because they are inconsiderate), and continually call the unhappy child's attention to his deformity. Hence, there follows in most cases ...
— Robin Hood • J. Walker McSpadden

... and it must be self-evident how emphatically this rule applies to winged animals. It may be urged, in the case of domestic fowls, that from constant disuse, and from clipping and plucking, and other sorts of maltreatment, their wings can hardly be regarded as instruments of flight; we maintain, however, that you may pluck a fowl's wing-joints as bare as a pumpkin, but you will not erase from his memory that he is a fowl, ...
— The Book of Household Management • Mrs. Isabella Beeton

... fancies, a model wife. But by submission and self-extinction, so alien to her character, she arouses his suspicion that she has something on her conscience; and, in his feeling of outrage, he begins to neglect and abuse her. When, at last, his maltreatment reaches a climax, she arises in all the dignity of her womanhood, and asserts her true self. Then comes reconciliation, followed by a united life of true equality ...
— Essays on Scandinavian Literature • Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen

... was among those who pretended to liberate de Courtois from his bonds. Your unfortunate friend was brutally tied and gagged in his room in the hotel, and is now recovering from the effects of the maltreatment ...
— One Wonderful Night - A Romance of New York • Louis Tracy

... James W. Gerard. The people of a town were imprisoned or fined for their conduct toward a delayed train of Canadian prisoners. When he heard it he thought that at last the Government was going to put a stop to the maltreatment of prisoners. But he learned on investigation that the townsfolk had been punished for giving a little food and drink to the starving ...
— Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights • Kelly Miller

... counsel gain Due audience from your wisdom, my lord envoy, You will be cautious how you show yourself In public for some hours to come—or hardly Will that gold key protect you from maltreatment. ...
— The Works of Frederich Schiller in English • Frederich Schiller

Words linked to "Maltreatment" :   cruelty, maltreat, ill-treatment, mistreatment, abuse, persecution, child neglect, ill-usage, child abuse, inhuman treatment

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