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bruise

  

      vb   mainly tr  
1    also intr   to injure (tissues) without breaking the skin, usually with discoloration, or (of tissues) to be injured in this way  
2    to offend or injure (someone's feelings) by an insult, unkindness, etc  
3    to damage the surface of (something), as by a blow  
4    to crush (food, etc.) by pounding or pressing  
      n  
5    a bodily injury without a break in the skin, usually with discoloration; contusion  
     (Old English brysan, of Celtic origin; compare Irish bruigim I bruise)  
  bruising      n, adj  
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bruise

  

      vb  
1    blacken, blemish, contuse, crush, damage, deface, discolour, injure, mar, mark, pound, pulverize  
2    displease, grieve, hurt, injure, insult, offend, pain, sting, wound  
      n  
3    black-and-blue mark, black mark, blemish, contusion, discoloration, injury, mark, swelling, trauma     (Pathology)  

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See also:

bruiser, brutalise, braise, bris

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
Love bite. A bruise raised on the body of a sexual partner by very hard kissing / biting / sucking.
[Fam.] spelled also hickey
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