WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
child abuse′, 
  • Psychiatry, Psychology, Sociologymistreatment of a child by a parent or guardian, including neglect, beating, and sexual molestation.
    • 1970–75

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    child abuse n
    1. physical, sexual, or emotional ill-treatment or neglect of a child, esp by those responsible for its welfare
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