Bruise



to injure by striking or pressing, without breaking the skin:
The blow bruised his arm. Her pinching bruised the peaches.
to injure or hurt slightly, as with an insult or unkind remark:
to bruise a person’s feelings.
to crush (drugs or food) by beating or pounding.
Metalworking. to injure the surface of (an ingot or finished object) by collision.
to develop or bear a discolored spot on the skin as the result of a blow, fall, etc.
to become injured slightly:
His feelings bruise easily.
an injury due to bruising; contusion.
Contemporary Examples

Butchery at the Ballet Toni Bentley February 24, 2011
Interview With Canadian Filmmaker John Greyson Following His Release from Cairo’s Tora Prison Jesse Rosenfeld October 10, 2013
Ham, Green Bean Casserole, Easy Trifle The Daily Beast December 22, 2008
What Does an Increase in the Minimum Wage Do to the Economy? Brandy Zadrozny December 8, 2013
Tallulah Bankhead: Gay, Drunk and Liberated in an Era of Excess Art Judith Mackrell January 24, 2014

Historical Examples

A Year in a Lancashire Garden Henry Arthur Bright
L’Assommoir Emile Zola
The Second String Nat Gould
The Cook and Housekeeper’s Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, Mary Eaton
Company G A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow

verb (mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) to injure (tissues) without breaking the skin, usually with discoloration, or (of tissues) to be injured in this way
to offend or injure (someone’s feelings) by an insult, unkindness, etc
to damage the surface of (something), as by a blow
to crush (food, etc) by pounding or pressing
noun
a bodily injury without a break in the skin, usually with discoloration; contusion
v.
n.

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