child abuse

(noun) The intentional emotional, negligent, physical, or sexual  mistreatment of a child by an adult.

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  • Plural: child abuses
  • What constitutes child abuse changes depending on the society and culture.
  • Also called:
    • child maltreatment
    • child neglect
  • Informally called baby battering.

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