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 Dictionary entry overview: What does child abuse mean? 

  The noun CHILD ABUSE has 1 sense:

1. the physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children

  Familiarity information: CHILD ABUSE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1child abuse [BACK TO TOP]


The physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children

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Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("child abuse" is a kind of...):

abuse; ill-treatment; ill-usage; maltreatment (cruel or inhumane treatment)

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