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This clue has been rated as VERY COMMON
We've rated Maltreat as VERY COMMON as it is a very popular clue with cruciverbalists.

26 November 2021
Last seen in: Irish Independent - Simple

We found 11 answers for the crossword clue 'Maltreat', the most recent of which was seen in the Irish Independent - Simple.

We've seen this clue in both CRYPTIC and NON-CRYPTIC crossword publications.

We have given Maltreat a popularity rating of 'Very Common' because it has featured in a numerous crossword publications and has multiple answers.

As well as being a clue we've also seen Maltreat as an answer itself some 28 times.

Maltreat is a single word clue made up of 8 letters.

We most recently saw this clue in 'Irish Independent - Simple' on Tuesday, 02 November 2021 with the answer being ABUSE, we also found ABUSE to be the most popular answer for this clue.

We've seen this clue in the following publications:

Definitions and usage

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  • Treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"

Crossword Answers

4 Letters

A heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges

Any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal; "the situation called for strong measures"; "the police took steps to reduce crime"

5 Letters

Cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"

Cruel or inhumane treatment; "the child showed signs of physical abuse"

6 Letters


Improper or excessive use; "alcohol abuse"; "the abuse of public funds"

Annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"

7 Letters

Characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment; "abusive punishment"; "argued...that foster homes are abusive"

8 Letters


Treat badly; "This boss abuses his workers"; "She is always stepping on others to get ahead"

9 Letters

Make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"

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