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Definition 1: an injury that doesn't break the skin but results in some discoloration - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for bruise in the sense of this definition

(bruise is a kind of ...) any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

(... is a kind of bruise ) the purple or black-and-blue area resulting from a bruise

(... is a kind of bruise ) a minute red or purple spot on the surface of the skin as the result of tiny hemorrhages of blood vessels in the skin (as in typhoid fever)

(... is a kind of bruise ) a swollen bruise caused by a blow to the eye

Definition 2: damage (plant tissue) by abrasion or pressure - [verb of change]

Samples where bruise or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The customer bruised the strawberries by squeezing them

(bruise is a kind of ...) inflict damage upon

"The snow damaged the roof" "She damaged the car when she hit the tree"

(bruise belongs to category ...) (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion

Definition 3: break up into small pieces for food preparation - [verb of change]

Samples where bruise or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bruise the berries with a wooden spoon and strain them

(bruise is a kind of ...) break into small pieces

"The car crushed the toy"

(bruise belongs to category ...) the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat

"cooking can be a great art" "people are needed who have experience in cookery" "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"

Definition 4: injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of - [verb of contact]

Samples where bruise or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I bruised my knee

Synonyms for bruise in the sense of this definition

(bruise is a kind of ...) cause injuries or bodily harm to

(... is a kind of bruise ) crush or bruise

"jam a toe"

Definition 5: hurt the feelings of - [verb of emotion]

Samples where bruise or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests
  • This remark really bruised my ego

Synonyms for bruise in the sense of this definition

(bruise is a kind of ...) call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

"arouse pity" "raise a smile" "evoke sympathy"

(... is a kind of bruise ) treat, mention, or speak to rudely

"He insulted her with his rude remarks" "the student who had betrayed his classmate was dissed by everyone"

(... is a kind of bruise ) deeply hurt the feelings of; distress

"his lacerating remarks"

(... is a kind of bruise ) cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging

"His remark stung her"

(... is a kind of bruise ) cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

"He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"

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