child abuse

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child abuse

n
(Social Welfare) physical, sexual, or emotional ill-treatment or neglect of a child, esp by those responsible for its welfare. See also nonaccidental injury

child′ abuse`


n.
beating, neglect, or other mistreatment of a child by a parent or guardian.
[1970–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.child abuse - the physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of childrenchild abuse - the physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children
abuse, ill-treatment, ill-usage, maltreatment - cruel or inhumane treatment; "the child showed signs of physical abuse"