Bruised



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

Weird Washington Monument History William O’Connor May 11, 2014
Our Insincere, Pointless Cult of Apology Michael Moynihan February 27, 2013
GOP Primary Results: A Suicidal Cage Match John Avlon February 28, 2012
Oscar Dark Horse Olivia Colman on ‘Tyrannosaur,’ Meryl Streep, and More Marlow Stern November 16, 2011
Obama’s Truman Moment Harold Evans September 8, 2011

Historical Examples

Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
Blow The Man Down Holman Day
The Sea-Wolf Jack London
The Crusade of the Excelsior Bret Harte
Nor Iron Bars a Cage…. Gordon Randall Garrett

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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