1. bruise, contuse, injure, wound

usage: injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of; "I bruised my knee"

2. hurt, wound, injure, bruise, offend, spite, arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke

usage: hurt the feelings of; "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised my ego"

3. bruise, crush

usage: break up into small pieces for food preparation; "bruise the berries with a wooden spoon and strain them"

4. bruise, damage

usage: damage (plant tissue) by abrasion or pressure; "The customer bruised the strawberries by squeezing them"


1. bruising, harmful (vs. harmless)

usage: causing mental or emotional injury; "a bruising experience"; "protected from the bruising facts of battle"- John Mason Brown

2. bruising, forceful (vs. forceless)

usage: brutally forceful and compelling; "protected from the bruising facts of battle"

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