transitive verb
1. (to treat poorly) 
El caballo daba señales de haber sido maltratado.The horse showed signs of having been mistreated.
Los prisioneros tenían hambre, pero no habían sido maltratados.The prisoners were hungry, but had not been ill-treated.
Lo declararon culpable de haber maltratado los animales a su cargo.He was found guilty of maltreating the animals in his care.
d. to batter 
Cuando era pequeña, su madre la maltrataba.As a child, she was battered by her mother.
e. to abuse 
La alumna confesó a la orientadora que sus padres la habían maltratado.The student confessed to the guidance counselor that her parents had abused her.
2. (to misuse) 
Me da pena ver a los niños maltratar juguetes tan caros.I hate to see children mistreating such expensive toys.
transitive verb
1. (pegar, insultar) 
a. to ill-treat 
maltrató a su mujer durante cinco añoshe mistreated his wife over a five-year period
la novela fue maltratada por la críticathe novel was mauled by the critics
2. (estropear) 
a. to damage 
transitive verb
1 [+persona] (tratar mal) to ill-treat; maltreat; abuse; (pegar) to batter; abuse
2 [+cosas] to handle roughly
3 (also maltratar de palabra) to abuse; insult
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